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Day 169 – Joash is Crowned

Day 169 – Joash is Crowned

Thoughts and Reflection Today in the readings we learn, Athaliah, daughter of Ahab, wife of Jehoram, and mother of Ahaziah, makes herself queen and kills the royal family of Judah to eliminate any claim to the throne. She reigns as queen for six years, not knowing...

Day 168 – Wicked Kings

Day 168 – Wicked Kings

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, we should remember God's promise to Abraham. He promised a kingdom, worldwide blessing, and land. In the Old Testament, one cannot sell their land because it doesn't belong to them. The land has now been divided among the...

Day 167 – Viaticum

Day 167 – Viaticum

Thoughts and Reflection Today in our reading we learn the story of Elijah fleeing Jezebel. Even after the Lord's victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, Elijah is discouraged and asks for death. We can be discouraged after victory because there are no more...

Day 166 – Responding in Faith

Day 166 – Responding in Faith

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, we are introduced to Elijah and Ahab. Elijah hears the word of the Lord and obeys. Elijah fidelity sets him apart and offers an example for others to be faithful. He helps the widow of Zarphath, by providing food for her and...

Day 165 – The Lover and the Beloved

Day 165 – The Lover and the Beloved

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, we learn about the kinds of Israel and the Northern Kingdom that are unfaithful to the Lord and actually lead the people into evil. Asa, the good king, is victorious against the Ethiopians because he relied on the Lord. But...

Day 164 – Tearing Down Idols

Day 164 – Tearing Down Idols

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, we learn that the northern kingdom of Israel, the reign of Jeroboam is coming to an end. When Jeroboam becomes ill, he sends his wife to Ahijah the prophet who tells her that he will die. In desperate times, we need to turn...

163 – Faith Over Success

163 – Faith Over Success

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, we learn that both 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles tell the story of division between the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. We can attribute this to faithfulness. When people are faithful, they are blessed by the Lord and when they...

Day 162 – Rehoboam Seeks Counsel

Day 162 – Rehoboam Seeks Counsel

Thoughts and Reflection Today in our readings we learn the people including Jeroboam, come to Solomon's son Rehoboam, saying that Solomon made their lives difficult. Rehoboam seeks counsel from the old men, who tell him that the people will love him forever if he...

Gospel of Mark Recap

Gospel of Mark Recap

In the Gospel of Mark, John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus. When John proclaimed that Jesus was the Lamb of God at the River Jordan that inaugurated Jesus' public ministry. Jesus called twelve men to become his apostles and spend three years teaching and...