For you this week:
Saturday February 27, 2021
Today you are making this agreement with the Lord: He is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways. (From Saturday's first reading)
Reflection for Saturday:
Do you know why God is rejoicing over you?
In your prayer time, imagine God the Father so pleased with you that he's telling the angels how wonderful you are. What is he saying?
God has made a covenant with you: "I will raise you high in praise and renown and glory!"
Because you are keeping your part of the covenant -- trying to grow stronger in faith -- you are, in effect, giving glory to God and praising him. Through your deeds of faith and the behavior that comes from growth in faith, you're acknowledging that his ways are good.
God the Father therefore is glorifying you and praising you! Yes, really! He is so pleased with you that he's telling the angels how wonderful you are.
When our deeds are not in keeping with true faith, and if we refuse to go to wherever Jesus is leading us on the journey of faith, then we're breaking ourselves against the covenant that God has made with us. We are breaking our relationship with God.
The promise is always there, like an unbreakable wall protecting us from evil, because God never fails to fulfill his part of the covenant. Thus, when we fail to live up to our side of the covenant, we only break ourselves. And we do exactly that -- oh ouch!
It's easy to say with our lips that the ways of God are good, but when our behaviors do not agree with the covenant that God has made with us, we hurt ourselves. We break. We feel pain, stress, worry, fear, lonely and unloved. And we hurt others at the same time.
The ways of God can feel painful, too. In this Saturday's Gospel passage, Jesus tells us to love our enemies.
Oh ouch! It hurts to give love without being loved in return. But this is a different kind of pain; it's the pain of the cross. It's perfect unity with Christ. In the midst of this pain, the Lord is our God, and our covenant relationship with him strengthens us and blesses us. He glorifies us.
Wouldn't you rather suffer with Jesus and experience the joy of his glorious resurrection than suffer the self-destruction of turning away from Jesus?
Inside the Ministry: My birthday wish
My birthday is this Saturday, February 27. Every year, many readers want to show me their love, and I appreciate it. I'm glad to feel the community spirit and your friendships. However, reading all of those Happy Birthday messages takes a lot of time to read -- and I will read every one of them. And I'm likely to respond too. And then the messages will go into the trash bin. It's a fleeting gift.
So please consider an everlasting gift. What I consider most important and most valuable is bringing more souls to Christ and bringing Christ to you. It's why I'm delighted to jump out of bed each morning, ignoring the aches and pains that seem to increase with each birthday. The need is so great! The world is darker than ever, and the work of spreading the Light of Christ is more important than ever.
If you would like to give an everlasting gift that specifically honors the day that our Lord brought me into this world, go to https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/E86CFF649611471.
Your prayers are also greatly appreciated.
God bless you with His Smile today!
Secret agendas to destroy families (audio podcast)
This week I joined the Sewing Hope podcast show, produced by Bill Snyder and Anne DeSantis, to expose the secret agendas of satanists regarding families and the role of fatherhood — and our role in defeating evil. We discussed answering the call to do important work for the Kingdom of God and how this always turns out to be much better than we imagined. We’re all needed!
We also discussed Saint Joseph as a role model. It’s very valuable to consecrate our families to his patronage and his protection.
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps83.
The Gift God Gives Everyone for Healing and Renewal (archived podcast)
Stressed out? Tired? Suffering from troubles? Jesus said (Mark 2:27), “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Sabbath rest is a gift from God for our healing and renewal. It’s so vital to our well-being that God commanded it.
Why does the story of creation in Genesis say God rested on the 7th day? Not because he was tired! God doesn’t need to rest. But we sure do. To keep the day sacred, we need to do more than go to church (in person or online). We need to make ourselves fully available to God so he can minister to us.
In this episode, I reveal why obeying this commandment is a gift from the Lord. I also explain why our day of rest is Sunday and not the Hebrew tradition of Saturday.
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps59.
Or watch the video @ gnm-media.org/the-gift-god-gives-everyone.
God bless you!
Thank you for reading this newsletter.
Your servant in Christ,
Terry Modica, Executive Director
Good News Ministries
Keep your eyes on Jesus!
And when you have to look at others, see them through his eyes.
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