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Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”
Jesus wants us to believe what we see and have faith in what He teaches. He does not want to “perform” signs on demand for those who do not believe. Is that not what we do today? We ask for signs and wonders and do not believe what we already know. Do you need proof, or do you trust in the Lord?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I place all my trust in you. I see the miracles you perform every day, I do not need proof. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
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The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
After their ministry, they reported what they had done and taught then Jesus wanted them to go away by themselves. We must be willing like the apostles to tell all that we have seen and done, to speak of the Lord, his word, and the works done in His name! People are encouraged when we tell our story, when we tell what He has done! But it is important to go away in silence, prayer and solitude to recharge our batteries and be ready for another day. How are you doing on that?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have done marvelous deeds in my life and I do not hesitate to share your word and works with all in my life. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen!
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
“And in his name the Gentiles will hope.” What hope the Lord gave us so many years ago. Jesus came to save the Israelite’s, but they did not listen, they rejected
Him. Are you making the same mistake? So many today have rejected Him but we have the proof of history to prove who He is and what He can do? Why do people not believe? Do you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my delight is in the Lord. You have brought me joy and strength I never had and in Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise and thanks, Amen!
Do not forget the poor, O Lord!
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Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.” He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent? I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”
Jesus told them who He was, and they did not understand. He is greater than the temple or any of the laws that they created, but they could not see it. Do you see that Jesus is great than all? Or are you blind as the Pharisees?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the most important part of my life and everything else is in the background. Thank you for saving my life, Amen.
You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.
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Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
His yoke is easy. When you lay your burden at His feet, He lifts you gently and helps you, He will never leave you alone. Are you ready for the freedom to give your problems to Him? Be strong and you will be rewarded.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you took so many burdens from me. My freedom in you is life giving! Thank you and Amen!
From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
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At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
All truth is revealed to the childlike. Those who can accept what the Lord says and do it. Those who trust Him to in all they do and know that they will see Him in Heaven. It is hard to be childlike, it is hard in this day and age to accept what the Lord says, but with the faith of a child, it becomes easy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I accept your ways and all that you say with faith and trust. You have never lead me astray Lord I know you never will. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
The Lord will not abandon his people
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Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.nd as for you, Capernaum:
Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the nether world.
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
The Lord works miracles every day, do you see them? Do you believe in His word and His works? He speaks to us today through the Catholic Church and Scripture, but do you listen? Are you prepared to go down to the nether world?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I see your miracles everyday and exalt your name! What you say to us is life giving and soothing to the soul. I want to be exalted in Heaven and spend eternity with you, Amen!
God upholds his city forever.