the winning team.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world!”

John 16:33

Take heart!

In many other translations, this verse says, “Take courage!”

Such a beautiful, heartened, rally cry from Jesus to every one of us.

So, what is it that is supposed to embolden us?

The very fact that Jesus has overcome

this world!

The Greek word for overcome here is “nenikeka” which means to “be victorious over.” This word is used in perfect tense, which means it is a completed action in the past that continues to impact the present.

Which can only mean – the completed action of Christ’s death on the cross continues to bring us victory into the present day.

Wow!

Remember,

(because this IS important,)

we are not told to overcome on our own,

and there is no way we could!

Therefore, take courage –

because you are on the winning team!

I made it – Camel Back Mountain – conquered!

Have you ever been on a sports team or watched your favorite team on TV win?

The confidence and elation is nothing compared to what we have available to us, as Christians.

Living a life of courage is walking out that fact of victory in our lives – because the celebration of Christ’s victory did not stop 2,000 years ago – and our courage comes as we allow this reality to ripple into our lives today.

How can YOU walk in victory today?

hugs n’ blessings to all those striving to live courageously during this frightening time of uncertainty in the World.

Please remember you are not in this alonewe’re all on the same team!!

Dear Sr. Mary-Agnes,

Scattered within the many notes of my journals I have written unannotated words of various bloggers & authors reminding me frequently how…

“We desperately need each other.” 

“Jesus never intended for us to live the Christian life alone.”

“The Lord God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.”

Genesis 2:18

Yet, so often I forget just how much I need others.

Certainly I know that we need to live our lives out with others & throughout Scripture God tells us to “lift one another up!”

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding… “

Colossians 1:9

Indeed, “we need one another to get through this life.”

Most especially God tells us to pray for one another.

“that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Undeniably, He would not tell us to pray for one another if he didn’t intend to answer those prayers.

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happy new year!

Happy Advent! 

And a very Happy New Year to all my fellow Catholics! Yes, Catholics have three chances, not one, to celebrate New Year’s.  On the First Sunday of Advent, you will customarily hear parishioners wishing one another a “Happy New Year!” Non-catholics are generally surprised or confused to hear this, until they discover we follow a liturgical year as well as a calendrical one, and the first Sunday of Advent is the start of another annual cycle!

The second New Year’s Day for Catholics is, of course, January 1.  When we can join the rest of the world, have a drink, look back with thanks, and look forward with hope and hopefully set off a few fireworks!  On this day we will also celebrate again the birth of the Lord, and the dawn of our redemption by honoring Mary the Mother of God.

Can’t touch this!
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