May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

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Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

This sounds harsh and cruel, but the Lord is telling us we must come prepared. We cannot go about our daily life, not paying attention to the call of God and expect to be received into the Kingdom of Heaven. We are all called, but we have to answer yes and live the life we say yes to. How do you live your life? As the Lord wants or as you want?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the day I said yes to you, you changed my life. I became not only a believer, but lived the life you asked of me. Thank you for changing my life and giving me the grace of freedom of your banquet. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

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While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

Jesus is not demeaning His Mother Mary, He is including all of us in that blessing. But we must believe and follow the word of God. When we do, we become part of His family. Are you part of the family of God? If you are lukewarm or deny Him, you may want to rethink that position.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always follow your word. I want to be part of your family! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

 

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When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came. But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

When you wipe your soul clean of evil spirits, you must replace it with the Holy Spirit. A soul that is left empty is the perfect place for evil to return, and it will. A strong prayer life is needed to maintain a clean environment. How is your prayer life?

Prayer: Heavenly Father I have seen the power of prayer working on a daily basis. If someone does not believe what it can do is blind to your power and strength, Amen.

The Lord will judge the world with justice.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

The Lord will give us what is good for us, but we must ask. He wants us to ask because it show that we trust Him to do what is true and right. We must depend on Him totally and completely. Ask and you WILL receive.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all the gifts that you have given me. I continue to ask Father, because you never deny me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

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Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

Jesus taught us to pray directly to our Father. Before that, it was unthinkable to talk to God directly. He broke the tradition and set us on a new way to pray. Take these words seriously, they are more dangerous than you think.

Prayer: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.

Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

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Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

We all have Martha and Mary within us. How we handle them is what is important. Jesus is telling Martha that Mary is not allowing stress and work to detract her attention from Jesus. If we have Him in our heart, whether we are in prayer or washing dishes we have chosen the better part.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always keep you in the center of my heart and learn to balance my work with prayer. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

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There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

We always try to justify ourselves! Our neighbor is everyone, especially the person we like the least or the one we do not want to walk past because they are dirty or smelly. These people are our neighbors. These people are the ones Jesus calls us to treat with love and mercy. How are you doing on that? It takes a constant reminder that we are all children of God and need to treat each other with mercy.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see my neighbor in all who I encounter. May I see past the surface and see you in them, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.

 

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