Monday 14th April – Monday of Holy Week
Reflection: Isaiah 42: 1-7
MY SERVANT, WHOM I UPHOLD
Often, we are tempted to feign our righteousness, to consider answering our call of faith all alone on our own powers. We are tempted to think that our virtues and holiness are a product of our efforts and that by our strength we can prevail in the race of salvation. Relax, my friend; for alone and unaided we can do absolutely nothing (John 15: 5)! He who calls is the same who upholds us.
So when you feel the burden, turn to Him; when you think all is dead and decaying, talk to the Lord of life. Maybe you are reflecting on your life, on your habitual sins, on seemingly unanswered prayers and you think all hope is lost. Again, I say to you, RELAX! Never try to go the haul alone. Call on Him who is the resurrection and He will surely uphold you. All you need to do is simple: Renounce and follow!
Be not afraid to lose control of your life – break your alabaster jar! Trust him with all and He will give you all. Yes, I mean all your fears, all your failings, all your worries and concerns, sins (no matter how grave), past, present, future and indeed all. If you can give all and be a servant, He sure will uphold you.
Prayer: Lord, help me to humble myself and serve You in faithfully. Uphold me, for alone, I can do nothing. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2752 – Prayer presupposes an effort a fight against ourselves and the whiles of the tempter. The battle of prayer is inseparable from the necessary “spiritual battle” to act habitually according to the spirit of Christ. We pray as we live, because we live as we pray.
HIDE A TREASURE: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted” Luke 18:14b RSV-CE
Readings for today: Isaiah 42: 1-7; Psalm 27: 1-3, 13-14; John 12: 1-11