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St. Norbert

1 Kings 17:1-6
Psalm 121:1-8
Matthew 5:1-12

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new leaders for a new world

"Ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the stream." —1 Kings 17:6

The Lord is raising up new Elijahs to conquer the false prophets (see 1 Kgs 18:19ff) and call our society to repent. To strengthen these new Elijahs, the Lord is calling them aside where they will drink daily from the life-giving waters of the Spirit (see Rv 22:17). The words the psalmist applied to the Messiah will be true for these new Elijahs: "From the brook by the wayside he will drink; therefore will he lift up his head" (Ps 110:7). Moreover, the new leaders of God's kingdom will be brought the bread and meat of God's Word each morning and evening (see 1 Kgs 17:6). They will no longer be conformed to the world, but will be transformed through the power of God's Word (see Rm 12:2).

In this way, the Lord raises up new leaders for a new world. Moses spent forty days in communion with God (Ex 24:18). When Jeremiah found God's words, he devoured them and they became the joy and happiness of his heart (Jer 15:16). For three years, the apostles heard God's Word from Jesus, the incarnate Word. The church of Antioch was the first group to be called Christian after they received the Holy Spirit and spent a year in God's Word (Acts 11:26).

Are you letting the Lord prepare you to be a new Elijah? Are you in the Spirit? Are you in the Word?

Prayer:  Father, may I not lose my appetite for Your Word by indulging in the things of the world.

Promise:  "How blest are the poor in spirit; the reign of God is theirs." —Mt 5:3

Praise:  St. Norbert converted to a deep faith in Jesus after a fall from his horse, then accepted the call to the priesthood.

Reference:  (You are invited to attend our Forty Hours Devotion and Family Campout, June 17-19, at our Discipleship Center. Call 513-373-2397 or see presentationministries.com for more info.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 20, 2016

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