Sep 2023
Disciple--Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

In today's Gospel, Jesus's response to Peter stands in direct contrast with Jesus's response to Peter last week after Peter shares that Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah. Today, after Peter's outburst that nothing bad should happen to Jesus,, Jesus corrects him, "Get thee behind me, Satan." He was telling Peter to let go of his worldly desires not to see his friend mistreated and to look to the divine, where Jesus must fulfil the prophesies about the Messiah. Jesus tells Peter and the Disciples to "Deny self, take up......

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Aug 2023
Have Faith--Believe in Christ

In today's Gospel (Matthew 14:22-33), Matthew describes a time when Jesus Christ walked toward their boat over a storm-tossed lake. Peter, after asking if it was really Jesus, asked Jesus to call him to come to Him over the water. Jesus told Peter, "Come" and Peter started out--then lost his nerve and started to sink. As Jesus reached out to Peter, he told him to have faith. We, too, need to grow in our faith in Jesus Christ, reaching out to him often....

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Jul 2023
Pray Daily to Build Your Relationship with God

The Holy Spirit is with us from the moment we are baptized. The Holy Spirit knows us inside out and has direct connection and communication with God. For us to build our relationship with God, it is important for us to pray daily, to discern the presence of God in our lives, and for our lives to reflect Christ's love and teaching. The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer offers a great resource for prayer....

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