Sunday, January 27, 2013

Devotion for today: Catch the fire

We can no longer coast in our faith. God needs disciples who are on fire for Him, who know no other purpose in life than to live for Him, who want everyone to know of His love and mercy, and who will put themselves on the line, always and everywhere, to combat secularism and relativism and bring their fellow man back to the ways of God. Set your heart on fire!! In God’s army, the lukewarm need not apply!

Psalm 104:4: he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.

Jeremiah 20:9:  If I say, “I will not mention him,  or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

Luke 12:49: “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!

Luke 24:32: They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

"...I do know that we don’t need and can’t afford maintainers of the status quo. I do know that we need visionaries; missionaries; leaders who will burn up every atom of themselves in the furnace of God’s service, so that nothing remains but the light and warmth of Jesus Christ blazing out to touch the lives of others. We Catholics – you, me, all of us — need to be and to make a fire on the earth that consumes human hearts with God’s love. We can’t “teach” that. It doesn’t come from books or programs. We need to embody it, witness it, live it." Archbishop Chaput, Philadelphia

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
 Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
 And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Hymn: Gather Us In

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