May 5

Luke: Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”

I know I have felt this way when I try to do things my way. However, if I feel that inner guidance, “Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets,” and obey, my life is more abundant.

Sometimes, we get stuck on the Habitrail (that age-old rodent revolver), where we keep running without going anywhere. We just keep spinning the wheel, running faster and faster, going nowhere. At some point, we have to slow down, breathe, and listen.

I just found out about a retreat center somewhere in our state, where you can do your own silent retreat. You rent a cabin and stay in silence, go to Mass, eat in silence. Bless me, Father, it’s been eight years since my last silent retreat.

My life is about to get crazy busy so I want to spend some good, quality time with God. I want to be able to hear Jesus say, “Let down your nets over there,” and feel the Holy Spirit guide me along my path.

May 5

Matthew: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Mark: Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones.

Luke: Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”

John: One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

Acts: Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard of it.

Romans: and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

1 Corinthians: you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

2 Corinthians: He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

Galatians: For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.

Ephesians: Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

1 Thessalonians: for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.

1 Timothy: The real widow, left alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day;

Hebrews: So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;

James: You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

1 Peter: In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

1 John: Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Revelation: Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

May 3 – The Beatitudes

Matthew: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Chapter five of Matthew’s Gospel is where we find the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes. It’s possibly one of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible.

As the United States Mother’s Day approaches, I was thinking about Mary. Did she talk to Jesus about the Beatitudes? She obviously lived them. Growing up, he must have observed her living them, at least the first seven of them.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…”

“Blessed are those who mourn…”

“Blessed are the meek…”

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…”

“Blessed are the merciful…”

“Blessed are the pure in heart…”

“Blessed are the peacemakers…”

She must have modeled these. By being poor in spirit, Mary humbled herself before God. She mourned when Joseph died. She was meek, though she hungered and thirsted for righteousness. She was merciful when Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem and Mary and Joseph had to go back three days and searched for him. She scolded him but she certainly didn’t dwell on it. Of course, she was pure of heart and a peacemaker.

Though the day is almost over, it’s one day closer to Mother’s Day. This Mother’s Day, I am going to strive to be more like Mary and live the Beatitudes.

May 3

Matthew: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mark: He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain;

Luke: He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

John: In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.

Acts: “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?

Romans: And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

1 Corinthians: For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment

2 Corinthians: if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked.

Galatians: Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law.

Ephesians: But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints.

1 Thessalonians: When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!

1 Timothy: Honor widows who are really widows.

Hebrews: and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.

James: Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days.

1 Peter: Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock.

1 John: For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome,

Revelation: And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it.

May 2 – Feed My Sheep

1 Peter: to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it —not for sordid gain but eagerly.

Yesterday, the priest’s homily was interesting. The Gospel reading was from John and described when Jesus appeared to the disciples a third time and Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him?

The priest said that Jesus was before a charcoal fire and the only other time we heard about a charcoal fire was when Peter betrayed Jesus three times in the courtyard before Jesus was crucified. The priest went on to say that the original translation was Greek and that in Greek, there are seven words for love and two of them were used in this story.

Philia – Affectionate, Friendly Love. …

Agape – Selfless, Universal Love. …

Jesus used the word agape or self-sacrificing love when he asked Peter if he loved him. Peter responded with philia love or friendly love. Jesus told him to feed his lambs. Jesus asked Peter a second time if he loved (agape) him, and Peter responded that of course, he loved (philia) him. Jesus told him to tend his sheep.

The next time Jesus asked, he lowered the bar and asked if Peter loved (philia) him. Peter was distressed and responded that Jesus knew everything and knew that Peter loved (philia) him. Jesus told him to feed his sheep.

It’s also interesting that Jesus said to feed His lambs, tend His sheep, and then feed His sheep. It almost indicates that we are like lambs in the beginning and we grow into sheep as our love of Jesus grows.

Peter goes on to eagerly tend the flock.

Jesus meets us where we are. Whether we have a philia or agape love, Jesus will come down to our level in order to lift us.

May 2

Matthew: Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

Mark: And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him.

Luke: he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

John: Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes.

Acts: with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Romans: through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

1 Corinthians: And you are arrogant! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed from among you?

2 Corinthians: For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling—

Galatians: Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you.

Ephesians: and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

1 Thessalonians: For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

1 Timothy: to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters—with absolute purity.

Hebrews: He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness;

James: Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten.

1 Peter: to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it —not for sordid gain but eagerly.

1 John: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

Revelation: and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

May 1 – May Day

Galatians: For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Today was May Day, the day we celebrate workers. In Europe, it’s a bank holiday. We also celebrate Mary in the month of May.

I remember making May baskets when I was young. When the children were younger, we made May baskets with flowers and candy and secretly delivered them throughout our neighborhood. If it was a school day, I’d wake them extra early and we’d deliver the baskets, go out for breakfast, and then they’d go to school. If I was a really great mom, I’d send them May baskets, but now I just do it through text.

In high school, we held ribbons attached to a Maypole and wove our way around it until we got to the center. There was also May crowning where a floral crown was placed upon Mater’s head.

May is the time of new birth. As Paul says in Galatians, Christ came to set us free. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt, freed with the help of God and Moses, yet complained that life was better in Egypt. Because of their complaining, they continued in the desert for another forty years or another generation.

Let’s say we finally kick an addiction, and the opportunity arises when we can’t handle the pressure, and give in to temptation. Addiction is the yoke of slavery. Through Jesus’ help, we can free ourselves from addiction.

What are the areas of your life where you need freedom?

May 1

Matthew: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.

Mark: They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.

Luke: Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,

John: After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Acts: But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property;

Romans: Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Corinthians: It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife.

2 Corinthians: For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Galatians: For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Ephesians: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,

1 Thessalonians: Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you.

1 Timothy: Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers,

Hebrews: Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

James: Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you.

1 Peter: Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you

1 John: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.

Revelation: Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals;

April 30 – Healing

Acts: while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

We all have the capacity to heal. It starts with realizing we are all energy beings. Try rubbing your hands together, and then separate them an inch or so, and move them around, keeping the palms facing each other, and feel the energy. Some people feel a cool sensation, heat, or movement. Try moving your hand to your arm or your face and move it around. You’ll feel the energy move.

We also have the capacity to heal ourselves of negative emotions. There have been times in my life when I’ve been overcome with sadness, and couldn’t find a way out. I started sending silent blessings to passersby and just that simple action, lifted me.

I’ve also found that when my finances are lacking, if I tithe, the situation tends to improve. It seems counterintuitive, giving away in order to receive, but it works. I think it’s an example of God’s love for us. Giving our “first fruits,” the first ten percent back to God, demonstrates our trust and obedience to God. It’s an act of honor.

Today, may our actions bring honor to our ever-faithful, ever-loving God. May God bless you this day and always.

April 30

Mark: He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?

Luke: But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

John: They left the city and were on their way to him.

Acts: while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Galatians: But what does the scripture say? “Drive out the slave and her child; for the child of the slave will not share the inheritance with the child of the free woman.”

Ephesians: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

April 29 – Grace

Ephesians: Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.

There is much truth in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Couldn’t we all use a little building up instead of knocking down? It’s not just from others, people knock themselves down often? I’ve heard many people say to themselves, “That was a terrible shot; how could I be so stupid; come on, you can do better than that.” You get the picture.

“…so that your words give grace to those who hear.” Sometimes people speak so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Sometimes, I do the same. How many of us actually listen to the words that come out of our mouths?

As mentioned in a previous post, today is the forty-eighth anniversary of my best friend’s death. Since we were both nine at the time, we certainly never paid much attention to what came out of our mouths. At least I didn’t. Eleanor may have because she literally was an angel, and nothing hurtful or evil ever left her lips.

I, on the other hand, said hurtful things, evil things, things I’m not proud of by any means. Not only that, but I put them out of my memory for years until a similar situation happened with my daughter and my daughter’s friend and her friend’s younger sister. It was a catalyst in bringing the long-forgotten memory to light, and to me finally apologizing for the cruel things I said. Words.

After apologizing, the words that came back to me were pure grace. No matter how someone may have hurt us or said cruel things to us, grace is the only true response to an apology.

Today, I will try to pay more attention to what comes out of my mouth. Thank you in advance, Lord for letting my words bring grace to those who hear.

April 29

Mark: But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Luke: They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.

John: “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”

Acts: And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness,

Galatians: But just as at that time the child who was born according to the flesh persecuted the child who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

Ephesians: Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.

April 28 -Isaac

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Galatians: Now you, my friends, are children of the promise, like Isaac.

Isaac, though blessed, must have been scared going up the mountain with Abraham, without a sacrifice. Did Isaac ever think of himself as the sacrifice? After Abraham built an altar and tied Isaac to it, he offered his only son (with his beloved Sarah) to God on the altar. God’s test of Abraham’s faith and obedience.

God, in His goodness, sent an angel to stop Abraham from sacrificing Isaac. We are all asked to put what we love most before God, to put whatever that is, our children, our relationships, our health, our businesses, our everything, our lives, upon the altar, to trust God enough to know that God will send His angels to provide a more appropriate sacrifice and release back to us whatever it is we find most dear.

It was not only a test of Abraham’s faith and obedience but Isaac’s. Isaac was the lamb, and entered willingly (albeit scared and confused) into that space, but was released, transformed, glorified. Once we place whatever it is upon the altar, that whatever is transformed by God’s love.

Maybe that’s what God did with Jesus? God sent his only son for us. Jesus was the lamb and entered willingly into that space. He stepped into the role of Isaac and became the sacrifice for all. Jesus was laid upon the altar and was released, transformed, and glorified by God’s love.

Every day, we are offered the gift of the Eucharist, blessed and transformed into the body and blood of Christ. We are invited to approach the altar where Christ’s ultimate sacrifice was made, where God’s love is ever-present.

As Paul says in Galatians, now, we are the children of the promise, like Isaac, who willingly laid down on that altar his father built, trusting, as his father Abraham trusted, that God would provide.

What are the promises to Isaac, you might wonder? Well Genesis 26:24, reads, “And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”

So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice (Caddyshack). Today, may we truly believe that God is with us; will never leave us; and will bless and multiply us if we are only willing to place everything (our lives) upon the altar and be transformed.

April 28

Mark: The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

Luke: When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.

John: Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,

Acts: to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Galatians: Now you, my friends, are children of the promise, like Isaac.

Ephesians: Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.

April 27 – Spring Wonders

Mark: and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.

I love spring with new life springing forth. Where I live, calves, lambs, and foals are bursting on the scene. The spring birds are singing. Tulips, daffodils, and fragrant hyacinth are pushing through the rich, damp earth. The days are longer and trees are budding. Scientifically, there are explanations about what happens during spring and the reawakening of the earth, but even with explanations, it is a wonder and I am awed each and every spring.

In college, I majored in geology and one of the required classes was organic chemistry. Though I disliked the idea of chemistry in general, I wandered into the class where a new professor stood. The professor was originally from Texas, where he was born and raised Baptist until he discovered the world of science and it opened his eyes to the point that he became an atheist. In his mind, science explained everything so there was no room for God.

That notion never sat right with me, why couldn’t you have science and God at the same time? I came to think that the space between all those electrons, neutrons and protons was filled with God, that God was everywhere from the smallest atom to the immense universe, and beyond. I recall trying to science-explain away many things in the Bible like the parting of the Red Sea and Noah’s Ark, but if God is all powerful and all mighty, why try to explain it away? Why not simply believe what is written in the Bible as truth, as stories of God’s love for us and the miracles that come from it?

My dad used to say that he didn’t like to read the old testament because it was so gory and that terrible things happened in it. I had started listening to the Daily Audio Bible, where Brian Harden reads the Bible in a year (old testament, proverbs (brilliant), psalms, and new testament) and gives his insights on the readings. Brian had made the point that those terrible things that happened in the Bible were not directed by God, that those things were directed by human will, not God’s will.

When I was young, and at camp, we had the equivalent of a secret Santa. My “secret camper” happened to be the head of the camp and my gift was a piece of wood with a painted pink columbine and words from William Blake, “To see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wildflower…” painted alongside it. What a cherished gift that was.

It was given to me when I was nine. My cousin, next-door neighbor, and best friend died of a brain tumor only a few months before camp started. The forty-eighth anniversary of her death is coming up this Friday. She was an angel from the very beginning, so to see those words painted on a piece of wood, reminded me of Eleanor every time I looked at it, which was often, as it sat on my dresser. The “heaven in a wildflower” is the part that got me every time.

Ladybugs were Eleanor’s thing. After she died, I would see a ladybug and think of her. A couple of days ago, I encountered a ladybug, thought of Eleanor, and then thought that it was way too early for ladybugs. That morning, it was 29 degrees, and by the time I saw the ladybug, the temperature had risen to 60.

Today’s verse reminds me that there is still wonder in the world if we but observe. Thank you, God, for your infinite wonders, in spring, chemistry, poems, memories, friendships, and love.

April 27

Mark: and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.

Luke: There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

John: Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”

Acts: For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,

Galatians: For it is written, “Rejoice, you childless one, you who bear no children, burst into song and shout, you who endure no birth pangs; for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than the children of the one who is married.”

Ephesians: and do not make room for the devil.

April 26

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Ephesians: Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Good advice for newlyweds and something my mother told me before I got married, “Never go to bed angry.” She was right. I tried it once, and it didn’t go well. I dreamt that my wasband was cheating on me, which made me even angrier the next morning.

I know several people who are angry at God because God didn’t do whatever their way, or took someone out of their lives in one way or another. Typically, their question is, “Why did this happen to me,” or “If there really is a God, how could he let this happen?”

The funny thing about this human experience, we all get the chance to be human. We all get free will, like it or not. God is so gracious that we get to choose what thoughts go through our heads or how we react to wrongful situations. Anger or happiness is our choice as well.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I have an Our Father meditation that connects the Sacraments to the chakras and intentions that have come to me. The Our Father prayer is the vehicle through which the prayer moves through the body.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders falls on the throat chakra, and the part of the Our Father is, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” The intentions that go along with that chakra are God’s will; surrendering to God’s will; giving voice to God’s will; the freedom that comes from doing God’s will; and God’s divine, infinite, and unconditional presence in our lives.

The throat is located in the neck and the head has the ability to turn one way or the other thanks to the neck. In the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the mother says to her daughter, “The man may be the head of the household, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head whichever way she pleases.”

Brilliant on so many levels.

If we choose to do God’s will in everything we do, we aren’t guaranteed that we won’t get angry or that there won’t be disappointments, but we will live more aligned with God, more aligned with the straight and narrow. Ultimately, it is our choice.

My intention for today is to live closer to God’s will because God is the neck.

April 26

Mark: He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,

Luke: yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

John: Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

Acts: The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers have gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.’

Galatians: But the other woman corresponds to the Jerusalem above; she is free, and she is our mother.

Ephesians: Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

April 25 – Truth

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Ephesians: So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.

Several years ago, an Our Father meditation took root in my soul. Centered around the chakras (energy centers) in our bodies, the meditation ties the Sacraments to the chakras, and The Our Father prayer fits perfectly. There are several intentions and images that came to me as well. The head or face chakra ties together with the Sacrament of marriage. The intentions that came to me for that chakra/Sacrament are truth, non-judgment, divine justice, awareness, and mindfulness.

The image of the left and right sides of the brain being knit together by the word truth, God’s truth, is what came to me. Not just the left and right sides of the brain, but the yin and yang, democrat and republican, two people coming together in marriage, all seeming opposites being united in God’s Truth.

I have a difficult neighbor, with two extremely barky dogs. When I’m around, my dogs don’t bark as much as the other dogs, but if left unattended, both sets of dogs bark intensely and run the fence line to the point where nothing can grow underfoot because all growth has been removed by racing paws. Of course, they may say the same about my dogs who can’t resist barking at the husband when he goes to work.

I’ve decided to put in a somewhat solid fence hoping that will cut down on the barking, the fence racing, and offer some privacy for both parties.

Today’s verse spoke to me and my situation with my neighbor. Seemingly opposite people being knit together with God’s Truth. We are told that we must love our neighbor as ourselves, therefore, I must love my particular neighbor and their dogs as I love myself and my dogs. In this case, God’s Truth is a solid fence that, God willing, will cut down on the noise.

May God’s Truth guide us this day. May we not judge others (especially our neighbors), and be filled with awareness and mindfulness of our neighbors, our world, and ourselves.

April 25

Matthew: And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Mark: For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”

Luke: But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land;

John: The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.”

Acts: it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant: ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things?

Romans: who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Galatians: Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.

Ephesians: So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.