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A Workout

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This is the greatest Commandment according to Luke!

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  “But who is my neighbor?” (Lk 10:25-37)

Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan.  The Good Samaritan didn’t know the injured man on the road.  He wasn’t from the same country or tribe.  He wasn’t from the same faith.  But he still helped him.  So who was a good neighbor?  The one who treated the injured Heart with muscleman with mercy.  He cleaned his wounds, picked him up and took him to a place that would help him.  He even paid for his healthcare.

A good parable to talk about during the Year of Mercy!

How will you get your spiritual workout?  We all could use a little help and a little mercy!  So be a neighbor to everyone around you!  Stay strong!

 

Blessed are the merciful

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Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Mt 5:1-12

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Pope Francis asks us to concentrate on being merciful as we begin the Year of Mercy on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception .

Take the challenge to do one of the Corporal Works of Mercy every week!  You can probably start at
home and then branch out!  I bet you could do one of these a day.  Visiting someone in prison or burying the dead is probably not one that you can do.  You could pray for someone who has died.  You could even send a card to someone you know is sick or check on people who live alone.  Check with your parents if you are under 18.  They probably have a few ideas!  The point is:  Think about it and then do SOMETHING!

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The bucket

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My grace is sufficient for you and daily bread…
Sometimes I think that my bucket is almost too deep for God to fill with grace. Its not that he doesn’t want to give it to me but maybe I need too much!  How am I going to fill it?
Will God fill up the bucket no matter the size? Of course, He told me He would in Scripture (2Pt 1:3). I think that He tells me in so many other ways, too. My heart seems to know and understand that there is more to it then just the problem of the bucket.
I find it interesting that God would have a bucket list. Teresa Tomeo even wrote a book called God’s Bucket List.
 
Have you every thought about what God desires in his heart, not for Himself, but for you?  What are the things that will bring you happiness and peace?
So what about the bucket? What does your bucket look like? Is it a wooden pail reminiscent of the kind used for a deep well that you might find in the country. Or is it the bucket that is shiny and new, made of metal? Where did the bucket come from and who gave it to me anyway?
If God gave me the bucket wouldn’t it make sense then that He would also give me the desire to fill it up? If he promised that His grace would be sufficient, then He should fill it up! Are we born with a bucket the size the grand canyon? Some days, I am sure that it’s huge! And then I get impatient.  One more lesson in trust.  One more reminder to ask God for my daily bread.
God promised that He has just the right amount to fill all the needs in your bucket. Ask him to fill it up.
But don’t forget to ask him to help you carry it!  Is grace heavy?  I don’t think so.  Grace is a gift from God to make our burdens lighter.
beach_bucketIt’s the stuff I put in the bucket that is heavy.
What’s in your bucket?  What do you want to put in it?  What do you want to take out?
2 cor 12:9-10
Jesus, I trust in you!