Daily Devotion Saturday, February 2nd

Saturday, February 2, 2013 – Psalm 122; Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29 and Mark 7:1-23

Mark 7:1-23 – 18He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, 19since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

I’ll often end my prayers with; “may we serve thee through thought, word and deed.” I’m not sure when I may have started using this in my prayers, but I know why I did. It was when I realized that all the sins that I commit begins from a thought, a feeling, an emotion that then gets acted on. My thoughts, feelings and emotions are the birthing place of my either doing good or doing bad.

I once shared this with my spiritual director; Philip St. Romain and he pointed out to me a truth that he discovered. When you first notice the wrong thought, emotion if you can cast it aside and think about something positive, something good it will go away. But if you dwell upon it for even a few moments, less than a minute, it will take a seat in your heart and you’ll dwell upon it and most likely act upon it. It’s catching it early on and casting it aside that is key, to changing your actions, key to dealing with hurtful actions or an addiction.

Today make Jesus the focus of your thoughts and be guided by Him throughout your day. He called us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. If you catch yourself having bad thoughts, cast them aside and hang onto the love God has for you and all people.

O Lord, forgive me for the many times that my thoughts wander from you and focus upon me and my desires, my feelings, my emotions. When I wander these paths, it leads me away from you and from others. May this devotion today, be a reminder of what I need to do in those many moments and how you are there to help me always. Thanks be to you, O Christ, who leads us to healing, wholeness, to new life. Amen.

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