Joshua, Chapter 4, Verse 14
That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and so during his whole life they feared him as they had feared Moses.
Sometimes we are tempted to follow any leader who is popular. We forget God’s warning about following the proud and evil hearted, For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts.(Mal 3: 19)
We may think that following the leadership of our bishops is a waste of time. You have said, “It is useless to serve God; what do we gain by observing God’s requirements, and by going about as mourners-before the LORD of hosts? But we call the arrogant blessed; for evildoers not only prosper but even test God and escape.” (Mal 3:14-15)
God knows the heart of a man and if his heart be true God raises that man up as He did Joshua and Moses. God is not a God of the past and continues to this day in the action of raising a man up and He does so in our Priests and Bishops. Just like an architect that uses rocks and sticks to become temples or bridges God uses men to build his Kingdom. Strive therefore to be God’s man or women. Emulate Joshua in proclaiming, if it is displeasing to you to serve the LORD, choose today whom you will serve, the gods your ancestors served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.(Joshua 24:15).
We should have a holy fear of our Priest and Bishops. We should follow their guidance as we would a beloved father or brother. Like Joshua that led the armies of God today the Bishop of Phoenix asks us men to enter into the breach.
A number of the Psalms and other scriptural canticles praise God for giving His people victory in battle and ask for God’s assistance.
· Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; my mercy and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, and He in whom I take refuge. Ps 144: 1– 2
· And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior . . . because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. . . . He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart, He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.” Lk 1: 46– 47, 49, 51– 52
World Tuberculosis Day
World Tuberculosis Day, also known as World TB Day, seeks to raise awareness for Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a baterial infectious disease that affects the lungs. It is estimated that in 2014, 9.6 million people fell ill with Tuberculosis and 1.5 million died from the disease. World Tuberculosis Day is a World Health Organization holiday that is observed annually on March 24. The celebratory date commemorates the discovery of Tubercolosis bacteria by Dr. Koch in 1882.
World Tuberculosis Day Facts & Quotes
· Tuberculosis is the leading killer of HIV/AIDS-positive people.
· The tuberculosis death rate dropped 47% between 1990 and 2015. The disease is treatable with a six-month course of antibiotics.
· Tuberculosis occurs in every part of the world. The largest number of cases in the world occur in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and South Africa.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.- Mother Theresa