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Year: 2022

  • Day 318 – The Narrow Gate, the Lost Sheep, and the Prodigal Son

    Day 318 – The Narrow Gate, the Lost Sheep, and the Prodigal Son

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read that Jesus tells his disciples that bad things do not happen only to bad people. In the book of Job that we read early on, his friends believed that if one is good, then good things will happen. If one is bad, then bad things will happen. Many people […]

  • Day 317 – Persistence in Prayer

    Day 317 – Persistence in Prayer

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about Jesus teaching his disciples how to pray the Our Father as well as the importance and persistence of prayer. We have been commanded by Jesus to keep coming back to God and to trust in him. He will give us good things, he does not promise to give […]

  • Day 316 – Absolute Surrender

    Day 316 – Absolute Surrender

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about Jesus’ mission and ministry to call people to be his followers. This type of discipleship will involve taking up one’s cross every day. When we are called to deny ourselves, this means more than simply giving up luxuries, it is a call for absolute surrender and renunciation to […]

  • Day 315 – The Virtue of Mercy

    Day 315 – The Virtue of Mercy

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about doing something radical. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies. We also hear of the story of the centurion who asks for Jesus to heal his servant. The centurion knows that he is unworthy even as others think he is worthy. We are not worthy of God’s love […]

  • Day 314 – My Beloved Son

    Day 314 – My Beloved Son

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we are reminded about self-control. If we lack self-control, we will be defenseless against attack. A virtuous person has the ability to say no to themselves. John the Baptist baptized people at the mouth of the Jordan River into the Dead Sea. This is the same area where Joshua led the […]

  • Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

    Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

    Looking for a quick and tasty meal the whole family will love? This classic recipe is sure to be a hit. In fact, my daughter rated it 8.5 out of 10 and went back for seconds. Be sure to mix the egg and cheese mixture off the heat so as to not scramble the eggs […]

  • Day 313 – The Ark of the New Covenant

    Day 313 – The Ark of the New Covenant

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we start the Gospel of Luke. He dedicates his work to “Theophilus.” We don’t know who Theophilus is, he may have been a historical person or it may have been anyone who loves God. The name itself in Greek comes from theos which is the word for God and philos which […]

  • Maccabean Revolt Recap

    Maccabean Revolt Recap

    In this period of return, Judah is given a chance to live as the chosen people of God. During their time in Babylon (seventy years) the people of Israel were without the sacrificial system of the temple. The kosher laws of the family took on more importance of faith. The return from captivity is a […]

  • Day 312 – Conclusion to the Old Testament

    Day 312 – Conclusion to the Old Testament

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read in the final chapter of Maccabees that the motivation for those who fight is to defend the Temple. In Wisdom, we read about the Israelites’ fight from Egypt and how the Lord continues to fight for his people to bring them from slavery to freedom. Wisdom concludes by acknowledging […]

  • Day 311 – God Fights for You

    Day 311 – God Fights for You

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about some graphic battles. Throughout the Old Testament, we read how God works through the brokenness that is around us and the violence that follows. Because of human sinfulness, life is not neat and tidy — it is messy. In Wisdom 17 we read bout secret sins – those […]