2 Corinthians, chapter 12, verse 20-21
20 For I fear that when I come I may find you not such as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish; that there may be rivalry, jealousy, fury, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, immorality, and licentiousness they practiced.
In today’s gospel Christ warns us much like Paul in yesterday’s posting. Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
Although todays posting Paul exhorts the Corinthians but I can hear Christ saying this same warning to modern man; the same warning has been repeated by Mary at Fatima. Change your hearts.
We must live the Shema Yisrael:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your Heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength.
Today is the 71st anniversary of the allied invasion of France on
D-Day do something today for the greatest generation; check my nephews bike ride for cancer, donate if you can.
In today’s book study of Character is Destiny we will be examining the character traits exemplified by Winston Churchill who best displays the characteristic of DILIGENCE. He persevered through every trial and misfortune to alert his countrymen to the approaching danger of Nazi Germany, and to save them when they ignored his warning.
We must be just as diligent in our pursuit to do the will of God in our lives.
Churchill’s most famous quote is,
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
Winston never did give in he led his country at the age of 67 living a life of many failures to become the prime minister of England during their greatest need.
McCain says of Churchill:
This extraordinarily diligent man, who would not give in to many bitter trials that would have forced most of us to surrender to a cruel and unrelenting fate, who had fought, been beaten, and risen again so many times to take his place among the great democratic leaders of world history, would, by the power of his speech and the unyielding courage of his example and convictions, lead his country through the most dangerous experience of its long history. He stood alone first, and then as Britain’s leader as she stood alone, letting no defeat, no danger, no impossibly overwhelming odds destroy his courage or his will. He would not give in. Never, never, never, never. And, due in great part to the courage he inspired in others, neither would his country.
Next week we will be examining the RIGHTOUSNESS of Roméo Dallaire who is a retired lieutenant-general, Senator, and celebrated humanitarian. In 1993, he was appointed Force Commander for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), where he witnessed the country descend into chaos and genocide, leading to the deaths of more than 800,000 Rwandans.
 McCain, John and Salter, Mark. (2005) Character is destiny. Random House, New York