When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy… Matthew 3: 10
Happy Epiphany Sunday!
The above selection from the Gospel of St. Matthew points out the feelings of the Magi who had come to follow the Star. This light was a message for them of something great happening in the world. But then the Star disappeared!
The Star remained, but they could not see it!
They walked into a place of great darkness that covered their vision of the light of the Star!
The Wise Ones passed through the darkness in Trust!
Experience the joy they had felt! Their perseverance was rewarded, they met and adored the “Source of the Light “, Jesus!
May we follow the example of the Magi, when darkness comes our way, remember the Star is still there!
By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:19
Life gets challenging! Many times we prepare for one thing, something positive, and yet we get the result of something negative, totally counter to our understanding. We have a choice to make, give up, or trust in Jesus and move forward. This is endurance!
We move forward in our lives, hoping to be instruments of Divine Love, yet doors keep closing in front of us. We still keep moving forward, we keep doing acts of love, yet may see no positive results, but we do not stop! This is endurance!
Why do we keep getting up when we are pushed down by people, places, and/or things? We choose to be who we are, not who others want us to be!
We follow Jesus who went to the Cross because He was/ is truly Himself.
Jesus is the Model of Endurance!
Jesus was nailed to the Cross, He died forgiving those who lied about Him, abused Him, but because He Endured, He Rose from the died and is with us who follow His Cross!
Happy Second Day of the Octave of Prayer. The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Please note that you can join us in prayer in whatever religious tradition that you are part of. Prayer is powerful and the Almighty hears and answers our prayers according to the Almighty’s Will.
Today we look at St. Matthew 15: 21-28. This selection provides a powerful teaching for us to apply to our lives. The Canaanite Woman would not take a no from Jesus. In her beseeching Our Lord, she teaches us that we must be determined in faith. Because in her faith that Jesus was her only hope, even though she was an outsider, her daughter was healed.
As we continue our Octave of Prayer, let us pray with the determination of the Canaanite Woman, knowing that Jesus wants to heal us and those whom we love.