Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law and others who came to the house in need of healing. Townsfolk wanted the Lord to stay, but He went to proclaim the Kingdom of God in other places, too. Peter still had his doubts when the Lord said to go back out for a catch after a wholly unsuccessful night out fishing. Two boatloads of fish later, Peter admitted his unworthiness but was all in when he left everything to follow Jesus. Pharisees showed their disdain when the Lord allowed His followers some leeway in observing fasts and the Sabbath. By way of

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Scribes and Pharisees focused on rituals. Jesus compared their ideas on spiritual cleanliness to cups scrubbed on the outside but filled and sullied with self-indulgence inside. Although skeptical that Philip and others had found the Messiah, Nathanael realized his error and called Jesus the Son of God. The Lord told parables about arrivals and expectations. Ten bridesmaids waited for the groom to escort them to the wedding celebration. Five had to leave to buy more lamp oil and got locked out of the reception. Among three servants entrusted to

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Saint Peter pointed out that the Disciples had given up a lot, and Jesus said they would receive a hundred times more. The Lord then told a couple of parables. In one, temporary workers griped after putting in a long day because they received no more pay than those who only had the opportunity to work for an hour. Another tale described invited guests refusing to take the time to attend a wedding feast for the king’s son. Among people then invited off the streets, one didn’t bother to put on a wedding garment (a robe that a king would have

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Children depend on their parents to love, forgive, and provide for them. Jesus noticed the reluctance of adults to humbly acknowledge dependence on our heavenly Father. Even the faithful sometimes go astray, but the Lord never hesitates to bring a lost sheep back into the fold. The Pharisees used Mosaic law on marriage to challenge Jesus, who taught His followers not to separate what God has joined. We might want to draw the line on how much or how many times we will forgive. When Peter suggested seven times as a cutoff, Jesus said to go for se

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After multiplying five loaves and two fish to feed thousands of people, Jesus gave Himself some prayer time by dismissing the crowd and sending the Disciples ahead of Him by boat. Walking across a turbulent sea to catch up with them later, Jesus came to the rescue when Peter tried to join Him on the water but started to sink. A Canaanite woman had faith enough to put differences in beliefs aside and plead with Jesus to cure her daughter, and the Lord complied. Pharisees and scribes preferred sticking to the letter of the law and asked Jesus why

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In Jesus’ parable, an enemy sowed weeds in a wheat field. Good and bad mingle in the world. Jesus also used analogies to describe the Kingdom of heaven. Like a large fishing net, the Kingdom draws in people who will get sorted out. An exceptionally fine pearl or a field containing buried treasure has more value than everything given up to obtain it. In seeking eternal life, whatever we expend in doing something good is worth it! When Jesus visited, Martha wanted to serve Him. Mary let the Lord serve her as she listened to His words. When smal

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Scribes and Pharisees asked for a sign. Jesus pointed out that, right there in front of them, they already had more than Jonah warning the Ninevites or King Solomon answering the Queen of Sheba’s questions. Jesus told a crowd His parable about seed scattered on all kinds of ground, illustrating why only some people grow in faith. Another parable described wheat and weeds growing in the same field, like goodness and evil in the world. At the Risen Lord’s empty tomb, Mary Magdalene turned around, saw Jesus, but failed to recognize Him until H

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