Showing posts from June, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

"He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty."
Ester, Chapter 5, Verse 9 That day Haman left happy and in good spirits. But when he saw that Mordecai at the royal gate did not rise, and showed no fear of him, he was filled with anger toward him.
Change one letter in the name of Haman and it becomes human. How many times have you been in good spirits and happy when bam all of the sudden something upsets you and now you are in the pit of despair. Haman was happy because his pride was enriched and he saw himself a god and then upon exiting the gate of the palace that Jew Mordecai was sitting at the gate and refused to stand and showed no fear of the great and powerful Haman and reminded him he is mortal. Bam-get even time. Haman goes home and brews telling his perfectly evil mate Zeresh.
Devil Woman[1]
Together with her husband, Haman, she plotted t…

Friday, June 30, 2017

See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.
Ester, Chapter 4D, Verse 13 She replied: “I saw you, my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart was shaken by fear of your majesty.
We fear the rich and the powerful yet we often have no fear of God and continue in our inability to rise above our weaknesses. It is when we like Ester rise above our fears that we can live up to our potential.
The Law of the Sacrifice[1]
·Ester is willing to give her life for the people. ·A leader must be willing to give up to go up. ·Leaders only do this when their cause becomes more important than their life. ·Likewise, Jesus a descendant of Ester, called on his staff to deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him. ·Christ stated that those who wished to save their lives would lose them and those who gave up their lives would save them. ·True leadership places the cause of the people above the instinct for self-preservation.
First Martyrs of the Church of Rome[2]
This memorial is in hono…

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ester, Chapter 4D, Verse 5 She glowed with perfect beauty and her face was as joyous as it was lovely, though her heart was pounding with fear.
Ester after making a total and complete commitment to save the people and fasting for 3 days approached her husband the King. She was at peace. This verse reflects the joy of the woman in Mark’s chapter 5 whom Christ healed:
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. 28 She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” 29Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” 31But his disciples said to him, “…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Fear not, Abram! I am your shield; I will make  your reward very great."
Ester, Chapter 4C, Verse 30 O God, whose power is over all, hear the voice of those in despair. Save us from the power of the wicked, and deliver me from my fear.”
Ester has determined here that she must overcome fear and risk death in order to save her people. To enter the Kings Throne room without, being called by him, was a taboo of the Persian court and to violate it carried an immediate sentence of death. Ester determined that to save her people she must appear to the King and risk death for her people.
Queen Ester and Our Lady of Fatima[1]
Queen Esther is in anguish because Haman, the wicked aide has convinced the King to issue an order to kill all the Jews in his Empire. Haman did this because Mordecai, Esther’s cousin who raised her as a daughter, would not bow down and prostrate himself as Haman passed as the King had ordered. The date set for destruction was the 13th of the month of Adar which c…

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Esther Introduction to the Book of Ester[1]
How do you deal with someone's insidious plot to murder you and everybody like you?
The Bookof Esther provides one possible answer to that question, tough cookie though it is. Today, that query may not loom quite as large in America, but it definitely does in many other places throughout the world (the Middle East, Burma, the Congo—and about a dozen or more other places). It happened to loom really large in the ancient Middle East too. In Esther's case, though, no one seems to know if there really was a wicked counselor named Haman who attempted to manipulate the emperor (probably Xerxes I, though here he's called "Ahasuerus") into having all the Jews in the Persian Empire murdered during the fifth century BCE. Nevertheless, you don't have to look too deeply into Jewish history to find highly similar attempts at genocide and persecution against the Jews. The story (which was probably written during the third or four…

Monday, June 26, 2017

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine
Judith, Chapter 16, Verse 15-16 15For the mountains to their bases are tossed with the waters; the rocks, like wax, melt before your glance. “But to those who fear you, you will show mercy. 16 Though the sweet fragrance of every sacrifice is a trifle, and the fat of all burnt offerings but little in your sight, one who fears the Lord is forever great.
With victory come the spoils of war and Judith as Heroin of the people get the spoils from Holofernes tent. She is rich indeed but because she is truly a servant of God; all of the booty she receives she keeps none sending it all to the temple in Jerusalem.
“Only those that see the invisible can do the impossible.” Tyrese
Victory[1] ·Material gains from victory are turned back to God. ·People’s joy and exultation are also returned to God in celebration. ·The Lord is God; he crushes warfare…