The Joy of Discovery in Scripture with Hal Fletcher

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The most recent episodes are listed below.

August 09 2017 The Closeness of the Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan is none other than Our Lord. He comes into our lives when no one else will. Though we may be half-dead, he bandages us, carries us to safety and even pays for our recovery. This is how much he loves us. In the people of the Old Testament, we find men and women with stories perhaps not unlike our own. There is suffering, to be sure. However, to each person, God is present. Remarkably, he then ‘draws straight with crooked lines’. Scripture echoes this. Rom 8: 28 – “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”  

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August 02 2017 The Goodness of Saying “Yes” to God

Franciscan University offers some of the world’s best youth conferences each summer. Young people begin on Friday night, like so many we know and love, yet uncertain about their faith, or struggling how to engage. Then, by Saturday night, they can hardly believe what they had been missing! They sense God’s presence and are filled with great joy! Joining me are two young witnesses from a recent conference.

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July 26 2017 Healing to Ascend God’s Heights

God invites us to be like him and live with him in heaven.  There is nothing greater.  Yet, we can be encumbered in responding to his invitation because of wounds we sometimes have experienced.  As the woman in Scripture with the hemorrhage, we too can be healed through contact with Our Lord.  And what then?  Let us rejoice and be the more animated in our ascent!  We might, for example, respond to Our Lady.  Allegedly in Medjugorje (2July2017), she invited us to “pray for those who do not know my Son.”  The reason?  So that “through prayer and the love which comes through prayer, they may become better; that the goodness in them could win; that souls could be saved and have eternal life.”

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July 19 2017 Be Open! …to the Action of the Holy Spirit!

It is said that Ivan in Medjugorje was told by Our Lady (23Jun’17) to “be open”. Through him, Mary invites us to be open to the strength and grace coming from her Son.  God wants us to intercede for others who are far from his Son and we need strength and grace for this.  Our Lady says: “[Pray] that the goodness in them could win” (Mirjana 2Jul’17).  We sometimes have obstacles in our hearts that block the action of the Holy Spirit.  To clear them, we must pray for the grace we need to be healed.

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July 12 2017 Jesus: Prayerful, Passionate

We may be familiar with the key events in Jesus’ life.  But, are we as familiar with his life of prayer, or better yet, that his whole life was a prayer?  We can glimpse it in key moments, for example:  his baptism; the calling of the Twelve Apostles;  the Transfiguration; His death on the Cross; and elsewhere.  These were moments of passionate prayer as we can see at the Transfiguration and reading the Psalms he prays during his Crucifixion.  For us, those of us desiring to draw closer to Jesus and better experience his love, we need the help of the Holy Spirit to clear the obstacles in our hearts, to make more room for him and to ask his help to pray passionately!

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June 28 2017 Underestimating God’s Love and Mercy?

Would we not be horrified if our 5-year old son or daughter, uncertain about our ability to help, went instead to ask a friend?  Truly, we are blessed with friends, but they are not the same as a mother or father.  God the Father, it seems, sent St. Faustina to remind his older children, you and me, about this very thing!
God’s mercy, his love for us knows no bounds!  Yet, sometimes we do not even ask for it.  My special guest is Maria Vargo.  She discovered the depth of Our Lord’s love in just this way.  Today, she is a talented actress and singer for Our Lord, and intimately familiar with St. Faustina, God’s “Messenger of Divine Mercy”.
Maria Vargo and her music may be found at:  mariavargo@hotmail.com, 1-310-699-4697, as well as on iTunes and Facebook.
Acting as St. Faustina, Maria’s performance, Faustina:  Messenger of Divine Mercy, will soon be available on DVD.  For more information, please visit: www.stlukeproductions.com, or call 1-360-687-8029.

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June 21 2017 Healing Our Internal Bleeding

In Mark’s Gospel, the woman was healed of her hemorrhaging by touching the cloak of Jesus.  For 12 years she sought healing, but found none.  In a similar way, we can long suffer internal bleeding, in our hearts.  We bleed inside when we harbor anger or resentment for injuries received.  Worse still, our hearts bleed when we do not forgive the wrongs committed against us, often at the hands of those closest to us.  Yet, if we approach Jesus honestly, admitting that we may not even desire to forgive, he will give us that grace.  He will heal us.  It takes faith to approach Jesus in this way.

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June 14 2017 Touching the Fringe…

The woman who had suffered internal bleeding for 12 years, thought that if she simply touched the fringe of Jesus’ garment, she might be healed.  And she was!  Jesus also desires our own healing, and will give it.  Sometimes it can be physical, but do not forget the healing that he also brings to our hearts.  Jesus invites our participation.  He calls us to remain faithful amidst our challenges and to ask him for the grace we need.  The healing of our souls, we see in John 5: 14, is his greatest desire for us.

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June 07 2017 Tobit: Revealing God’s Action in Our Lives

Tobit was simply trying to remain faithful.  Perhaps he was like you or me.  Yet, he suffered such that he hoped for death.  In prayer, however, God heard him and sent help through the archangel Raphael.  Tobit’s beautiful prayer finds God near and ready to help him.  In a similar way, Our Lady, allegedly coming to Medjugorje today, invites us to pray, to be ready, and to intercede for those who do not yet know her Son.  We have Tobit’s faithful example to follow and to grow confident in God.

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