Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh),and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations).
Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. [Hebrews 10: 24]
Ted Kennedy Jr. lost his leg to cancer at the age of 12. In his 20s he spent a lot of time giving inspirational talks to others in his situation. Of his recovery he says: “People give me too much credit. So much of it was that my family could afford the best doctors and best treatment. One of the reasons I’m getting involved in speaking is that I want to repay some of that debt. It takes so little for me to make others feel better that it would be unthinkable not to make the effort.”
Happiness will never be ours if we do not recognize to some degree that God’s blessings were give us for the well-being of all. —Anonymous
—Excerpted from Action, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, increase our trust in your faithfulness so we can become more patient as we wait on you. Grant us a fresh revelation of your faithfulness through the people and happenings in our day. Forgive us for the times we have doubted you. And let our every word and deed be formed for your greater glory.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team