On this day in 1799, what came to be known as the Rosetta Stone was found by troops during Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt. On it were three versions of a decree issued in 196 BC.  The first was in hieroglyphics, the second in more modern Egyptian no longer in use, and the third in Greek. It is likely that the meaning of hieroglyphics would still be unknown were it not for this key that unlocked the mystery.

So, what does this have to do with what’s going on with the battle we are facing with this pandemic? First, people never gave up trying to learn how to read the language used by the ancient Egyptians.  We will not give up the trying figure out  this mess we are in.  Second, pray for some kind of serendipity where a  more effective treatment be discovered or a vaccine developed.  The Rosetta Stone was a lucky find.  Penicillin, the microwave oven, and 3M Post-It Notes were accidental finds or discoveries.

 

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SCRIPTURE: 
Matthew 6:25-34a

 

Therefore I tell you,

do not worry about your life,

what you will eat [or drink],

or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food and

the body more than clothing?

 

Look at the birds in the sky;

they do not sow or reap,

they gather nothing into barns,

yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Are not you more important than they?

Can any of you by worrying

add a single moment to your life-span?

 

Why are you anxious about clothes?

Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.

They do not work or spin.

 

But I tell you that not even Solomon

in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass of the field, which

grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,

will he not much more provide for you,

O you of little faith?

 

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘

What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’

All these things the pagans seek.

Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness,

and all these things will be given you besides.

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.

 

POEM of the DAY: 
Stand In Faith

 

Stand in faith

Even when you can’t see your way

Stand in faith

Even when you feel like you can’t face another day

Stand in faith

Even when the tears want to flow from your eyes

Stand in faith

Knowing that our God will always provide

Stand in faith

Even when you feel that all hope is gone

Stand in faith

Knowing that God is always there for you to lean on

Stand in faith

Even when you feel like giving up

Stand in faith

Because God is there … saying, “Just look up”

Stand in faith

Even in those times you feel so all alone

Stand in faith

Hold on and be strong, for He is still on the throne

Stand in faith

Even when it’s hard to believe

Stand in faith

Knowing that God can change your situation, suddenly

Stand in faith

Even in those times you feel it’s hard to pray

Stand in faith

And believe that God has already made the way

Faith is the substance of things hoped for,

the evidence of things not seen

So stand in faith

Because you already have the victory!

— Johnnye V. Chandler

 

MYSTIC MORSELS for MEDITATION:

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges  offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

— Thomas Merton

 

They who enter the way of life in faith bear the cross patiently.

They who advance in hope bear the cross readily.

They who are perfected in love embrace the cross ardently

— Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

 

Our Lord revealed to me two conditions necessary for prayer. One is a right attitude. A right attitude prays for God’s will to be done, to His glory. The other necessity is a complete trust in God.

— Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)

 

PRAYER of the DAY:
Behold my Needs

 

Lord, I do not know what I ought to be asking of you.

You are the only One who knows what I need.

You love me better than I know how to love myself.

O Father!—give your child what I do not know how to ask for myself.

I do not dare ask for crosses or consolation.

All I can do is present myself to you.

Lord, I open up my heart to you.

Behold my needs—the ones that I am not even aware of.

Look at them, and act according to your mercy.

Bring suffering on me or heal me, cast me down or raise me up—

I adore your will for me even when I do not know what it is.

I will remain silent, offering myself up and

giving myself over completely to you.

I no longer have any desire other than to accomplish your will.

Teach me to pray; may you yourself pray in me and through me.

—François Fénelon

 

THINGS to KNOW; QUESTIONS to CONSIDER:

When you dream in color, it’s a pigment of your imagination.

 

A pessimist’s blood type is always b-negative.

 

He used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.

 

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

 

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

 

The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

 

The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

 

A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.

 

Does reading while sunbathing makes you well-red?

 

A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

 

Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.

 

When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

 

Why can’t a bicycle can’t stand on its own?  It is two-tired.

 

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

 

You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.