"What think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray: doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go to seek that which is gone astray? And if it so be that he find it: Amen I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that, than for the ninety-nine that went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." (Matt. 18:12-14)
What is the "land of your anointing?" The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "the symbolism of anointing with oil also signifies the Holy Spirit, to the point of becoming a synonym for the Holy Spirit. " (CCC 695) The anointing of the Holy Spirit was symbolized by oil in the Old Testament, when people were anointed priest, prophet, or king. King David was all three. Yet, what does it mean to be "in the land of your anointing?" Just as a person can be anointed to do,
1 Samuel 19:18-24 reads: "But David fled and escaped, and came to Samuel in Ramatha, and told him all that Saul had done to him: and he and Samuel went and dwelt in Najoth. And it was told Saul by some, saying: Behold David is in Najoth in Ramatha. So Saul sent officers to take David: and when they saw a company of prophets prophesying, and Samuel presiding over them, the spirit of the Lord came also upon them, and they likewise began to prophesy."
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Matthew 11:28-30 has long been the mandate for this ministry: "Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light." Yet, there is always a deeper meaning to Scripture than we see at first glance. A verse meditated on for many years could yield fruit "30, 60 and 100-fold." (Mk. 4:20) Yet, most
Yesterday, as I was about to make a cup of coffee in the afternoon before we did our prayers together, I heard something interesting. We have two kinds of coffee in the freezer- one a delicious French Vanilla, and another a bitter one I bought on sale, that I don't think I would buy again. I was about to enjoy the French Vanilla, when I heard this thought, "don't drink that one, have the bitter one." It was like an impression, rather than word for word. I said, OK, and starte