BREATHING MURDEROUS THREATS

Our Three Minute Wisdom for today, April 24, 2015:

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Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.

On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. 

He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 

He said, “Who are you, sir?”

The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” 

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one.

Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.

For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”

He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 

The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.

He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.”

But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.”

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” 

So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight.

He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God

-From the Acts 9:1-20

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Reflections:

*Are we still as hard as the old Saul?

*Do we continue to hate and breath threats to those who spread God’s words?

*Like Saul, are we ready to be blind so as to see?

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Saint of the Day:

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, pray for us.

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Our One Minute Wisdom for Today, April 08, 2015 (Easter Wednesday)

Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the 3 o’clock hour of prayer.

And a crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.

When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms.  But Peter looked intently at him as did John, and said, “Look at us.”  He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.

Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise and walk.”  Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.

He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.

When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging at the gate, and they were filled with amazement and astonishment at what had happened to him.

-From Acts 3: 1-10

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Reflections:

  • Do we need a miracle in our lives?
  • Do we ever look to Him who was crucified for that miracle?
  • Do we continue to wait for miracles of our own to be amazed and astonished?

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St. of the Day:

St. Julie Billiart, pray for us.

Be the Miracle,

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