Jesus said, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” They abandoned their nets and followed Him. That is such an amazing statement describing the calling of the first four apostles.
As we thank God for taking us through 2020, we look forward with hope for 2021. Despite trying times for many of us, we can thank God for the blessings of 2020 - loved ones and family who gave us hope and support. And we can thank God for the love and spiritual growth that occurs as we navigate through these challenging times.
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Friends - There is a splendid, magnificent, grace-filled, experiment you might want to know about and possibly take up in the New Year. It is called a NOVENA, a nine-day exercise in prayer that just might change the trajectory of your spiritual life for the better in 2021.
Jesus drives out the people who are making money selling in the temple, saying, “My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” (Luke 19:45). In doing so, He removes the sinful activities that separate people from God and prevent them from growing in His love and sharing it with others. Then he stays there and teaches.
Have you ever needed to think about two possibilities? Perhaps, it was whether you made the team or got a job or whether it was going to rain or snow.
When St. Paul tells us to put on the “armor of God … to stand firm against the tactics of the devil,” I thought about what it’s like wear ice hockey equipment: the helmet, shoulder and elbow pads, shin guards, and gloves. By the time you’re finished gearing up, you feel invincible!