WITNESSING IN TRUTH

Thursday 27th March – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent.

Reflection: Luke 11:14-23

WITNESSING IN TRUTH

As we progress through this season of repentance, there is a need to be watchful and prayerful especially with the way we handle the celebration of our faith and the way we portray Christ. To live for Christ is indeed a life of sacrifice and constant determination to fight temptations and overcome them. Withdrawing from this fact and shying away from our identity is unacceptable to God. The scripture says that we should rejoice in our trials. (Matthew 5:11-12).

Jesus Christ in our reading today was accused of a false power. What audacity they had to address Jesus that way! You and I should expect even greater accusations. This must therefore make us to examine our lives and cut ourselves away from any connection which we might have with the devil. No one can serve two masters; one must take precedence over the other. Let us therefore give full attention to the teachings of our faith in and outside the church so that we can be credible in our witness for Christ.

A life of hypocrisy is like a flicking lamp that goes on and off. Better the lamp be put off than to continue malfunctioning. If we are in Christ, the old life is gone and we should live in newness of life (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ bought us for a price; so let us walk in the Spirit if we live by the Spirit.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, deliver me from every evil attachment and fill me with your Spirit. Set my feet on your solid rock that I might remain in your love always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 453 – What does our relationship to the truth have to do with God?

Living in respect for the truth means not only being true to oneself. More precisely it means being truthful, being true to God, for he is the source of all truth. We find the truth about God and about all of reality quite directly in Jesus, who is “the way, and the truth, and the life”.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ” Ephesians 4:15 GNB

Readings for today: Jeremiah 7:23-28; Psalm 95:1-2.6-9; Luke 11:14-23

IT’S ALL ABOUT GOD

Wednesday 26th March – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent.

Reflection: Psalm 147: 12-16, 19-20

IT’S ALL ABOUT GOD

The more the world realizes its nothingness without God, its maker, the better it would operate. We may have acquired lots of skills and advancement in technology, we may be permitted to have our way and ignorantly do many things contrary to God’s precepts, yet, all these do not rule out the importance of God. The Scriptures tell us that “everything God does will last forever. You can’t add anything to it or take anything away from it” (Eccl 3: 14a). The Psalmist today directs his message to the supremacy of God. Nothing can ever exist without His consent. He is the Alpha and Omega. What he commands his quickly done (Ps 147:15).

Beloved, have you taken time to build up every aspect of your life on Godly principles? What is God saying about your relationship, your career, your utterances, your dressing, eating habits etc? The more God is permitted to possess everything about us, the happier and fulfilled we would become. Let us commit our ways into His hands. God is ready to teach you. As you read His word, make a conscious plan to observe them. (Deut. 4: 9-10). They are the package of God to you which keeps unfolding till the perfect day. It all about God and what he has to say about you. Nothing else counts and in him, we exist and have our being.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, reign in my thoughts, my actions and my will. Your will is mine and your word is my portion. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 40 – Can God do anything? Is he almighty?

“For God nothing is impossible” (see Luke 1:37). He is almighty.

Anyone who calls on God in need believes that he is all-powerful. God created the world out of nothing. He is the Lord of history. He guides all things and can do everything…Often God’s omnipotence is displayed in a situation where men no longer expect anything from it. The powerlessness of Good Friday was the prerequisite for the Resurrection.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “In my desire for your commands, I pant with open mouth” Psalm 119:131 GNB

Readings for today: Deuteronomy. 4:1, 5-9; Psalm 147:12-16, 19-20; Matthew 5:17-19

FULFILLING PURPOSE

Tuesday, 25th March – Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Reflection: Luke 1: 26-38

FULFILLING PURPOSE

After much time of waiting for the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah in the first reading of today (Isaiah 7:14), the Lord kept his word by sending the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary who in turn agreed to be part of God’s plan of salvation. This marked the beginning of our life of grace and truth. God’s message for our lives is a pathway that would lead us to where He wants us to be.

Beloved in Christ, we have all been designed by God for a purpose and all we have and are today were in God’s plan for us even before our existence. Our life keeps unfolding everyday like a scroll. Let us learn to receive from God with an open heart, whatever he has in store for us. The beauty of the Good news of Christ is that it does not only bring the knowledge of God’s will for us but also gives the grace to accept it.

In our reading today, the Angel’s first message for Mary was that of peace (Luke 1:28). This was to Mary, a tool to be able to receive and act appropriately. God is always bringing forth the message of salvation to us but many a time we close the door of our hearts due to anxiety, worry and doubt. Let us accept God’s word with conviction, bearing in mind that the grace and power to do His will has been made available for us. Indeed, only in trusting Him with our lives can we live to fulfill His divine purpose for our existence.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, let your peace reign in my heart so that I may be able to welcome your purpose for my life with faith and trust. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 80 – Why is Mary a Virgin?

God willed that Jesus Christ should have a true human mother but only God himself as his Father, because he wanted to make a new beginning that could be credited to him alone and not to earthly forces.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” Luke 1: 38 RSV-CE

Readings for today: Isaiah 7:10-14.8:10; Psalm 40:7-11; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38.

TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD

Monday 24th March – Monday of the 3rd week of Lent

Reflection: 2 Kings 5:1-15

TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD

The story of Namaan is one that clearly shows the evil of pride in humans especially in their God-giving knowledge of themselves and their environment. Even with the rebellion of man to be submissive totally to God, God still works in mysterious ways to lead man and attend to his needs. This is the case of the little servant girl of Namaan who became the saving grace for her master.

Beloved in Christ, despite Namaan’s fame as a high ranking soldier, he still had a reproach which can be referred to as his cross. The sad story was that he preferred to live with it rather than promptly obey God’s instruction through the Prophet Elisha. God so loved him that he attended to his situation but he was clouded by reasoning rather than embracing faith in action. Can you locate any area of your life that you have failed to surrender to God and his word of truth. What is that cross which makes you inferior amidst your contemporaries? Do you sometimes neglect God’s instruction about certain areas of your life?

Let us learn to take God at his word and wait upon this word until it is perfected in our lives. Even after Namaan consented to wash himself at the river Jordan, it was at his seventh time of washing that he got cured. Let us learn to hold unto Gods word just like Peter in Luke 5:1-5 who let down his nets at the command of Jesus even after a discouraging experience of fishing all night with no result. This is God will for us, that we should obey his commands and precepts.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, let your Spirit led me to obey your commands promptly. Attend to every “BUT” in every area of my life that I may be a living testimony of your great love. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 22 – How does one go about believing?

Someone who believes is seeking a personal union with God and is ready to believe God in everything that he shows (reveals) about himself.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “I will never neglect your instructions, because by them you have kept me alive” Psalm 119:93 GNB

Readings for today: 2 Kings 5:1-15; Psalm 42:2-3, 42:3-4; Luke 4:24-30