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Day 99 – The Word Became Flesh

Day 99 – The Word Became Flesh

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading we read from the Beloved Apostle, St. John who is the author of the Gospel of John. He was part of Jesus' public ministry. He has been a follower of St. John the Baptist as well. In the opening words of John's Gospel he...

Day 98 – Israel Asks for a King

Day 98 – Israel Asks for a King

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, we read that Samuel is a good judge and prophet. His sons, however, turn out not to be. As Christians, we hear the expression that God only has children and not grandchildren. Every generation must choose to follow him as...

Day 97 – Samuel’s Prophecy

Day 97 – Samuel’s Prophecy

Thoughts and Refection In today's reading we learn that Samuel places himself before the Ark of the Lord. He sleeps near God's presence so he is able to hear the Lord's voice. Eli tells him that the next time he hears the voice of God, he should say "speak, Lord, for...

Day 96 – Hannah’s Prayer

Day 96 – Hannah’s Prayer

Thoughts and Reflection Today we start the book of Samuel. Hannah and her husband worship the Lord in Shiloh and Hannah desires to have a child. Eli sees Hannah as she is praying at the Tabernacle and he encourages her. The Lord gives her a son, Samuel. Before he is...

Day 95 – The Sin of Benjamin

Day 95 – The Sin of Benjamin

Thoughts and Reflection Today in the readings we read some of the darkest stories to date. A Levite priest takes a concubine. This goes against what God told us in Genesis 2. The men of Gibeah kill the concubine. Her body is then cut up into twelve pieces and sent to...

Day 94 – Samson and Delilah

Day 94 – Samson and Delilah

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, we see that Samson is taken by his passions. He lets his desires and emotions rule him. Delilah asks him about the secret of his strength. He lies to her for the first three times. He finally tells her the truth and there...

Day 93 – Strengths and Weaknesses

Day 93 – Strengths and Weaknesses

Thoughts and Reflection In today's reading, the Lord comes to Manoah and his wife and will bless them with a son. It is rare that a person is consecrated as a Nazirite from birth and lives this way for his or her entire life. Samson is consecrated this way. Samson is...

Day 92 – Jephthah’s Vow

Day 92 – Jephthah’s Vow

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read that after the death of Gideon, his son, Abimelech, sets himself up as the next king. Then we go into a cycle with the people of Israel where the Lord will bless them, they turn away to worship other gods, tradegy happens, they...

Day 91 – Gideon’s Story

Day 91 – Gideon’s Story

Thoughts and Reflection Today in our readings we learn of Gideon. Gideon (whose name is later changed to Jerubbaal) crushes the altar of Baal and Asherah. Ephods are garments that the priests wear and Gideon makes his own golden ephod and this becomes an issue of...