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St. Bridget of Sweden

Exodus 14:21—15:1
Exodus 15:8-10, 12, 17
Matthew 12:46-50

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"The Israelites had marched on dry land through the midst of the sea, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel on that day from the power of the Egyptians." —Exodus 14:29-30

Where's the Red Sea in your life? Where must you make an act of faith and leave the enemy behind? Possibly your marriage, children, church, health, or finances are situations where you need to believe God for a miracle. Stretch out the hand of faith (Ex 14:21), put your foot in the water, and expect God to be God.

The Lord is our Savior. He didn't bring us this far to leave us. His love endures forever (Ps 118:1-4). "He's able." "He can make a way out of no way." He is the Way (Jn 14:6). Alleluia!

When the Red Sea is before you, the devil is behind you, and the mountains are around you, rejoice. There's a way out of trouble and a way into the promised land. Jesus is the Way! If you're in an impossible situation, remember "nothing is impossible with God" (Lk 1:37). If you're being pushed into a sea of problems, Jesus will either part the waters or have you walk on them (see Mt 14:29). Rejoice! Problems are merely occasions for God to manifest His all-conquering love.

Prayer:  Father, may I see problems as opportunities to claim Your victory.

Promise:  "Whoever does the will of My heavenly Father is brother and sister and mother to Me." —Mt 12:50

Praise:  St. Bridget of Sweden was a wife and mother of eight children. Her holy witness led to the canonization of her daughter, St. Catherine of Sweden.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Hold Fast to the Faith, order, listen to, or download our CD 71-1 or DVD 71 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 24, 2018

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