Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment.
Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city. Acts 8:1-8
Severe persecution, great joy. It is interesting how the two go together. The more the people who follow Jesus Christ are persecuted the more the Catholic Church grows. Think about the times we are embarrassed to wear our school uniform somewhere, pray in restaurants, or talk about Jesus to others who don’t go to our school. It’s time to stop being lukewarm in our faith. We will be ridiculed by our friends and family even as well as others we don’t know. Jesus already told us this in the beatitudes, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for my sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Ask Him for greater fortitude, strength, and courage to stay faithful when persecuted. Come, Holy Spirit!
Jesus said to the crowds,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.” JN 6:35-40
“I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” What is God’s will for Jesus? He must offer His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the bread and wine at the Last Supper, go through a horrible passion, die, and resurrect in atonement for our sins. Then, He remains with us forever hidden behind a consecrated host. GOD LOVES US SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! JESUS LOVES US SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! God’s number one goal is to bring us back to Him in heaven and He has given us the greatest gift to help us, His Son Jesus in the Eucharist. God is madly in love with His creation, may we let Him love us!!!!!
What does this mean? Jesus wants more than anything to be with us always. He wants to be our friend. Friends love to spend time together. The greatest conversations happen at the supper table. God chose a supper table to bring all Christians together to be united to Him and be able to talk to Him about anything and offer up everything.
Today’s challenge: Allow Jesus to be your friend. Spend time with Him. Tell Him everything.
Be a servant, become a saint!
No Bible no breakfast, No Bible no bed. -Fr. Larry Richards