Tuesday, 28th January – Tuesday of week 3 of the year
Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Reflection: Psalm 24:7-10
THE KING OF MY HEART
Dear friends in Christ do not be deceived by what you see. Every man is fighting a battle but the great ones would be fought in the mind. This is because the heart is the place where all thoughts are incubated before they finally come into substance. A man might look healthy and handsome but deep down in his heart, he is like a sick and dying person gasping for breath to survive. What then is the problem? What battle are you fighting deep down your heart? Who controls your emotions and regulates the speech which proceeds from your mouth?
The psalmist presents us today with a solution to the battles of the mind which all men must fight. This solution is found in our readiness to open our hearts to God. God knows our thoughts and our problems but needs an invitation to come into our hearts. We must invite God and surrender all to him so that he can take charge. The enthronement of Christ in our heart makes him the centre of our entire decision making. In the first reading of today (2 Samuel 6:12), David went back to take the Ark of the covenant of God from Obed-Edom’s house when he saw the blessings wrought by God on his household. He was determined to enthrone God again amidst the Israelites.
Beloved, the victory we all need most of the time is victory over our hearts and not just over the physical battles that we see. Let us rededicate the kingship of our heart to God and make out time to settle all anxieties by regularly visiting Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and putting away every negative thought by the word of God. Remember that our God is strong and mighty; victorious in battle.(Ps 24:8). May the King of glory make our heart his dwelling place by our constant cleansing with the blood of the Lamb.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, come and be the King of my heart. Give me victory in my life’s battles. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 309 – What is charity?
Charity is the power by which we, who have been loved first by God, can give ourselves to God so as to be united with him and can accept our neighbor for God’s sake as unconditionally and sincerely as we accept ourselves.
HIDE A TREASURE
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still” Exodus 14:14 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: 2 Samuel 6:12-15.17-19; Psalm 24:7-10; Mark 3:31-35