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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent


Joshua, Chapter 10, Verse 25
Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed, be firm and steadfast. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies against whom you fight.”

Joshua, the warrior of God, had just defeated the five Kings of Jerusalem and had all of the soldiers put their foot on the Kings neck as a sign of victory over evil. Additionally, it showed how God had personally empowered each of them to overcome evil and they are not to be afraid or intimidated.

Joshua defeated 5 Kings is the number significant?

The number 5 symbolizes God's grace, goodness and favor toward humans and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture. Five is the number of grace, and multiplied by itself, which is 25, is 'grace upon grace' (John 1:16). The Ten Commandments contains two sets of 5 commandments. The first five commandments are related to our treatment and relationship with God, and the last five concern our relationship with other humans.[1]

Additionally, in the Rosary there are five daily meditations on the life of Christ where the faithful pray a decade of Hail Mary’s.

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent[2]

Prayer. GRANT, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who are chastised by the fasts we have undertaken, may rejoice with holy devotion; that, our affections being weakened, we may more easily apprehend heavenly things.

EPISTLE, iv. Kings iv. 25-38.

In those days a Sunamite woman came to the man of God to Mount Carmel: and when the man of God saw her coming towards, he said to Giezi his servant: Behold that Sunamitess. Go therefore to meet her, and say to her: Is all well with thee, and with thy husband, and with thy son?

And she answered: Well. And when she came to the man of God to the mount, she caught hold on his feet: and Giezi came to remove her. And the man of God said: Let her alone, for her soul is in anguish, and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. And she said to him: Did I ask a son of my lord? did I not say to thee: Do not deceive me?

Then he said to Giezi: Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thy hand, and go. If any man meet thee, salute him not: and if any man salute thee, answer him not: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. But the mother of the child said: As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. He arose, therefore, and followed her. But Giezi was gone before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child, and there was no voice nor sense: and he returned to meet him, and told him, saying: The child is not risen. Eliseus therefore went into the house, and behold the child lay dead on his bed; and going in he shut the door upon him, and upon the child, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child: and he put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he bowed himself upon him, and the child s flesh grew warm. Then he returned and walked in the house, once to and fro: and he went up, and lay upon him: and the child gaped seven times, and opened his eyes. And he called Giezi, and said to him: Call this Sunamitess. And she being called went in to him: and he said: Take up thy son. She came and fell at his feet, and worshipped upon the ground: and took up her son, and went out. And Eliseus returned to Galgal.

GOSPEL. Luke vii. 11-16.

At that time Jesus went into a city that is called Nairn; and there went with Him His disciples, and a great multitude. And when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow: and a great multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, He said to her: Weep not. And He came near, and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still. And He said: Young man, I say to thee, arise. And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother. And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet is risen up among us: and, God hath visited His people.

Lenten Calendar[3]

Read: Today, we remember St. Isidore of Seville, patron of a medium that didn’t exist when he lived, the Internet! Read what Pope Benedict XVI. . . has to say about this saint.  

Reflect: “Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence.” (Evangelii Gaudium)

How can you use modern tools, like the Internet, to evangelize?

Pray: Pray today for the gifts to be a disciple of Jesus. 

Act: Do an honest status check today on your Lenten spiritual journey so far. Only two weeks left!

 Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated[4]

In fact, he was a much greater man than he is usually given credit for. He is usually thought of as having been a great benefactor of American blacks. He was that, to be sure. But he was much more than that. He was a benefactor of American whites as well. For it was he who, more than anybody else, black or white, persuaded American whites that racism is wrong, and that America’s long history of racism was something to be deeply ashamed of. If Plato was right in saying that doing injustice is worse than suffering injustice, King was a greater benefactor of whites than of blacks who had suffered injustice, but whites had done the worse thing, inflicting injustice. In teaching whites to give up their wrongdoing, he was conferring a greater benefit on them than he had on blacks by freeing them from their status as victims. Just read his Letter from Birmingham Jail. MLK’s greatness was also shown in his leadership abilities. He was probably the only non-President who was in the same leadership league with Washington, Lincoln, and FDR. And he was a man of tremendous courage. He knew that he could be murdered at any moment, and it seems he expected to have his life cut short by assassination. The talk he gave in Memphis on the eve of his murder is full of this anticipation. It was as if he knew it was coming and coming soon. And yet he kept moving forward. He was only 39 years old when he was assassinated. Lincoln and Julius Caesar were in their fifties. Gandhi was an old man. What a tragedy for Americans, and especially African-Americans, that his life ended when he was barely halfway through it. One wonders (at least I wonder) what his response would have been to the collapse among African-Americans of the married, two-parent family, a collapse that has prevented millions and millions of blacks from gathering the fruits of the civil-rights revolution that King led.

6:01 Commemoration[5]

Thursday, April 4, 2019 • 4:00pm

Free and Open to the public • does not include Museum admission

Guest Speaker: Omid Safi

Rain location: Hooks Hyde Hall


10am - 3pm – Hands-on activities for children and families

12pm - 4pm – “Share Your Story” guest video engagement; Courtyard broadcast of Dr. King's speeches and Movement music

4pm-6:15pm – April 4th Commemoration with keynote speaker Dr. Omid Safi and reflections from Dr. King's colleagues, Rev. James Lawson and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The National Civil Rights Museum will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at its April 4th Commemoration from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Staff will host children’s activities and community engagement during the day. The event will begin at 4:00pm and culminate at 6:01pm, the time the fatal shot was fired 51 years ago.  The museum will pause for a moment of silence and the ceremonial changing of the wreath on the balcony at Room 306 where Dr. King was slain.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan
·         Manhood of Christ Day 2, Fifth Week.

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