Tuesday 4th March – Tuesday of week 8 of the year
Reflection: 1 Peter 1:10-16
THE NEW LIFE
“Like obedient children, do not return to your former life given over to ignorance and passions” (1 Peter1:14). The New Life in the light of Christian faith is the participation in the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ right here on earth through the action of the Holy Spirit. Through our baptism, we all have been plunged into the death of Christ, and as Christ was raised from among the dead by the glory of the Father, so we begin walking in a new life (Romans 6:4). The Life referred to here is the Life with God (Romans 6:10). Thus, any way of life that is inconsistent with the life of God is not expected of us as partakers of the New Life of Christ.
In this New Life, we no longer live for ourselves but for Christ, because in our baptism we have offered our old life to be crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). In His resurrection, we share the Life of Christ Himself, the very life of God. Dear Friends, our New Life in Christ calls us to reject sin and satan and all his empty promises, and to draw close to God that He may draw close to us (James 4:7-8). In the New Life, Christ is calling us to let our lights shine before men by our words and actions that they may give Glory to God; He calls us to avoid occasions of sin not only because of punishment attached, but out of genuine love for God, our new found friend.
In the New Life, Christ is calling us to go out and preach the Good News to the whole world, to be the Living Bible others read to know God. To walk in this New Life we need the grace of God, and through prayers and participation in the Eucharist, we will receive the required grace in abundance. The grace to walk and live in the New Life is always available to you if you desire it, hope for it, and pray for it. Remember, it is a journey, so when you fall, call on God and He will help you to rise and continue.
PRAYER: Lord, please give me the grace to offer myself as a living sacrifice to you daily. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1277 – Baptism is birth into the new life of Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the church herself, which we enter by baptism.
HIDE A TREASURE: “But now that you have known God- or rather that he has known you – how can you turn back to weak and impoverished created things? Do you want to be enslaved again?” Galatians 4:9 CCB
Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 1:10-16; Psalm 98: 1-4, Mark 10:28-31