Saturday, February 4, 2017
Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
—John 20:27-29 (NIV)
Jesus was the representative of the Lord wh..

Friday, February 3, 2017
Feast of Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
—James 1:25 (ESV)
But sons who are more generously and candidly treated by their fathers do not hesitate to offer them incomplete and halfdone and even defective works, trusting that their obedience and readi..

Thursday, February 2, 2017
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
—1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)
Most Christians live in confusion in regard to their scales of values and priorities. Many honest Christian people experience the shock of a revelation when they are brought to realize tha..

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Commemoration of Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
—Hebrews 13:1-3 (ESV)
[Love] does not inquire into the character of the recipient but it asks what he needs. It does not love him because h..

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Commemoration of John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
—1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NIV)
Wherever… thou shalt be, pray secretly within thyself. If thou shalt be far from a house of prayer, give not thyself trouble to seek for o..

Monday, January 30, 2017
Commemoration of Lesslie Newbigin, Bishop, Missionary, Teacher, 1998
[Jesus:] “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
—Matthew 18:20 (ESV)
We can all call to mind movements which have begun as pure upsurges of fresh spiritual vitality, breaking through and revolting against the hardened structure of the older body, and claiming, in the name of the Spirit, liberty from outward forms and institutions. And we have ..

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
—1 John 5:1-2 (NIV)
Devotion is not a passing emotion—it is a fixed, enduring habit of mind, permeating the whole life, and shaping every action. It rests upon a conviction that God is the Sole Source of Holiness, and that our p..

Friday, January 27, 2017
—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
—1 Corinthians 8:6 (ESV)
The sovereign God wants to be loved for Himself and honored for Himself, but that is only part of what He wants. The other part is that He wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything—we have all the rest.
… A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) (se..

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
Commemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963
[Jesus:] “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
—Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)
A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess..

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Feast of the Conversion of Paul
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
—Matthew 6:34 (ESV)
If I say to you that no one has time to finish, that the longest human life leaves a man, in any branch of learning, a beginner, I shall seem to you to be saying something quite academic and theoretical. You would be surprised if you knew how soon one begins to fee..