Tuesday 22nd April – Easter Tuesday
Reflection: Psalm 33: 4-5; 18-22
WHOM THE LORD LOOKS ON
At one point or the other, we have in supplication asked God to look upon us. Invariably, we were saying “God show me your favour, I need your intervention in my situation!” We are not alone in our request as the Bible contains examples of men and women who have also cried unto God and were helped by Him (1 Samuel 1:11; Deuteronomy 26:7; Luke 1:25; Judges 6:14).
Beloved friend, do you desire to be a man or woman of answered prayer? One whom God constantly looks on? Today’s Psalm is saying: have reverence for God! We cannot claim to revere God without being docile to His word. We cannot deliberately be living in opposition to God’s will and expect His constant favour, nor can we be selective in obeying Him and enjoy the fullness of His blessing. Scripture says the Lord will look on the man with a poor and contrite heart who trembles at the Word of God (Isaiah 66:2).
If indeed we revere God, by extension we will revere His ministers and anything dedicated to Him. Familiarity they say breeds contempt. We must not become so familiar with our religious leaders (eg Priests) and other sacred items in the Church that we treat them with contempt or disrespect. May the Lord look upon us and be gracious unto us as we revere Him wholeheartedly.
Prayer: Oh Lord! I want to live in reverence for You. May I live in docility to Your word and treat with honour and respect all that is dedicated to You. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC2834 – Give us this day our daily bread
“Pray and work,” “Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.” Even when we have done our work, the food we receive is still a gift from our Father; it is good to ask him for it and to thank him, as Christian families do when saying grace at meals.
HIDE A TREASURE: “But this is the man I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word” Isaiah 66:2b RSV-CE
Readings for today: Acts 2: 36-41; Psalm 33: 4-5; 18-22; John 20: 11-18