Thursday of the Second Week of Lent – Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance. Luke 8:15

One Walk with Jesus is realizing we are in a spiritual war and the ‘battlefield is between truth and lies’. And knowing Jesus is truth! So put on the full armor of God. ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12’

Lenten resources…

Formed: Lenten Reflections
https://formed.org/lent

Day 14: Forgiveness & Freedom
https://watch.formed.org/lenten-reflections/season:2/videos/lentenreflections-day-14-forgiveness-freedom

How can I become detached from myself, in order to forgive others?

Praise and worship…

Joyful Noise
Matt Maher
https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=qxmAdGSPDwY&feature=share

Today’s verse…

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:11-14 NRSV

Life for Leaders Daily Devotion…

Living Fully, Living Gratefully: Giving Thanks in Hard Times
https://depree.org/living-fully-living-gratefully-giving-thanks-in-hard-times/

Today’s readings…

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 233
Listen
http://ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/2020/20_03_12.mp3
Read
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031220.cfm
Reflection
https://youtu.be/3Y5-QAiSqw8

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds.

Luke 16:19-31
Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man’s table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
When the poor man died,
he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried,
and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,
he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,
for I am suffering torment in these flames.’
Abraham replied, ‘My child,
remember that you received what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing
who might wish to go from our side to yours
or from your side to ours.’
He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him
to my father’s house,
for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them,
lest they too come to this place of torment.’
But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.’
He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
Then Abraham said,
‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded
if someone should rise from the dead.’”

Today in the Word…

Shut the Temple Doors
https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2020/march/devotions/12/

My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets.
Malachi 1:11

Jesus Calling…

When you thank Me during a difficult day, you are assuming the proper stance for a child of God.
from Dear Jesus
page 23

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe.
Hebrews 12:28

More praise and worship…

Come Holy Spirit
Martin Smith (featuring Steffany Gretzing
https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=_oPiH62fJP4&feature=share

A prayer…

Dear God, my Abba Father, Lord Jesus my Savior, thank You for Your Words and promises. May we be strengthened by them in our struggles. Encouraged by them during fearful moments. Reminded and convicted by them when we think and start to act selfishly. For we know that in this world we will have struggles. But we also know that Jesus overcame this world and walks with us.
Gracious God, you are the giver of all good gifts. For these we give thanks. There are times, as you know, when it’s hard for us to attend to your gifts. When we face difficulties in life, when our hearts are heavy with grief, when we experience suffering in our lives or in the lives of those we love, gratitude doesn’t come easily. So we ask for your help. Help us, Lord, to be genuinely and even joyfully grateful. May we delight in your good gifts even as we struggle.
Today as the world is gripped by fear and concern for the coronavirus remind us again of the power of Your Words and the truth in Your promises.
Jesus, Mary, I love You, save souls. In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Parts of today’s prayer from today’s Like for Leaders Daily Devotion

Today’s Rosary 📿

Luminous Mysteries
https://youtu.be/6e3fkgLT30c

Lords Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

O my Jesus

O my Jesus, have mercy on us. Forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Take all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy mercy.
Amen.

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Prayers from iMissal Catholic by Cantcha, Inc.
http://www.imissal.com/

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