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Today, Fr. Mike begins to read Samson’s story and points out that Samson, despite his physical strength, has a lot of weaknesses. The readings are Judges 12-15 and Psalm 146.

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  1. I don't think Samson's parents had the right to force Samson to be a nazarite after he became an adult.

    My life belongs to me not to my parents and to God if I choose to give myself to Him.

  2. As a child in Sunday school Samsom was taught as a hero. Delilah bad, Samson good. After hearing today's lesson I realize that was not true. I think most of what they taught us in the early 60's was sanitized.

  3. Gratias tibi Pater{InPersonaChristi} Schmitz; +++
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    1+)Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus Tecum Benedicta Tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris Tui Iesus Sancta Maria Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et en hora mortis nostrae Amen
    2+)Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus Tecum Benedicta Tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris Tui Iesus Sancta Maria Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et en hora mortis nostrae Amen
    3+)Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus Tecum Benedicta Tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris Tui Iesus Sancta Maria Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et en hora mortis nostrae Amen
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    5+)Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus Tecum Benedicta Tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris Tui Iesus Sancta Maria Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et en hora mortis nostrae Amen
    6+)Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus Tecum Benedicta Tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris Tui Iesus Sancta Maria Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et en hora mortis nostrae Amen
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    8+)Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus Tecum Benedicta Tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris Tui Iesus Sancta Maria Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et en hora mortis nostrae Amen
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    0+)Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus Tecum Benedicta Tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris Tui Iesus Sancta Maria Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et en hora mortis nostrae Amen
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  4. Lord, You are our strength. May our weaknesses not become our downfalls. Help us to recognize our need for your purification whether that means taking whatever weakness we have away, giving us strength to overcome it daily and/or sanctify us through it for your glory. Grant us the joy of your salvation and the endurance to keep our eyes fixed on you always. 🙏🏻

  5. Judges 12 shows the men of the Tribe of Ephraim getting angry at Jephthah for not involving them in the fight against Ammon. Jephthah points out they did not deliver him out of the hands on the Ammonites when Jephthah called on them. Thus, Jephthah leads the Gileadites to stop the men of Ephraim, killing 42,000 of the men of Ephraim. Jephthah remained a judge for six years. Three minor judges named Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon followed Jephthah for a combined total of 25 years.

    Judges 13 shows the Israelites being delivered into the hands of the Phillistines for forty years. An Angel of the Lord appears before Manoah's wife and allows her to bear a son if she refuses to drink of eat anything unclean. The Angel promises that this son will deliver Israel out of the hands of the Phillistines. Manoah makes an offering to the Lord and this allows him and his wife to see the Lord momentarily. They fear that they will die for seeing the Lord. After this, Manoah's wife conceives and gives birth to the son Samson who was blessed by the Lord.

    Judges 14 shows Samson seeking a wife among the Phillistines under the Lord's Will. Samson slays a lion in Timnah and later eats honey from its carcass (an unclean thing that violates his Nazirite vow as discussed in Numbers). At some point during these events, Samson meets a Phillistine woman who pleases him. Samson hosted a feast with thirty companions and posed a riddle to them concerning the lion and honey. The Phillistine woman from earlier married Samson and explains the riddle to the Phillistines. Samson grows angry because she manipulated him to get the answer. Thus, Samson grows angry and kills 30 men of Ashkelon. At this point, Samson parts with his wife.

    Judges 15 shows Samson discovering that another Phillistine man had an affair with his wife. Samson grows angry and says he will be blameless for attacking the Phillistines. Thus, he burns their crops. The Phillistines retaliate by killing Samson's family. Thus, Samson attacks them until he is captured by 3000 men of the Tribe of Judah. Samson later kills 1000 Phillistine men with a jawbone of a donkey at Ramath Lehi. When Samson grows thirsty, the Lord provides him with water at En Hakkore. After this, Samson judges Israel for 20 years.

    Psalm 146 calls for us to praise the Lord. We warn ourselves about the dangers of placing all our faith in princes or other men. Instead, we place our confidence in our great God. We proclaim the incredible righteous power of the Lord. Thus, God shall reign forever. Thanks be to God!

    Day 93 – 4/3/2022

  6. God bless and keep you,, Father Mike for this lesson on strength and weaknesses that makes us realize that we are not perfect people and we are completely dependent on God to turn our weaknesses into assets if we allow God to purify us! Glory toGod inJesus’ name!

  7. #day93BibleinAYear2022
    Thank you Father Mike / Father Fray
    For Bible in a year and sending prayers and protection for y’all through this time to bring us closer to Jesus and understanding the Bible
    I am enjoy hearing it English & Spanish it’s amazing
    Sending lobe and healing and prayers to y’all
    And everyone who read this

    #day93BibliaEnAño2022
    Gracias Padre Mike / Padre Fray
    Por la Biblia en un año y enviando oraciones y protección por todos ustedes a través de este tiempo para acercarnos a Jesús y entender la Biblia
    Me gusta escucharlo en inglés y español, es increíble
    Enviando lóbulo y curación y oraciones a todos ustedes
    Y todos los que leen esto
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  8. Thank you, Father Mike, for making me more aware of the need to pray for all those couples having difficulties conceiving or who are experiencing a crisis pregnancy … 🙏

  9. Please please add my daughter and son-in-law to your pray list, they have been married for 5 years and are so longing for a child, thank you so much. I love this Bible in a Year community!!!!!

  10. I see so many correlations in Samson to all life. He gives the honey to his parents and they touch the unclean, Eve coaxes Adam to enter into sin/become "unclean", everyday I touch the "unclean" when I gossip or judge or avoid doing or saying what i know is God's way…I feel like Fr. Mike…"man, oh man" never really thought about how I touch the "unclean"!!!

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