Thursday 24th April – Easter Thursday
Reflection: Acts 3: 11-26
GIVING HONOUR TO WHO IT BELONGS
Dear friends, what is it that you have or can do so well for which everyone around you seems to be showering praises on you? Please be on your guard against pride! The humility and wisdom of Saints Peter and John in returning all the glory to God after healing the lame man at the Beautiful gate is worth emulating by us all. Too many flourishing lives have withered in their prime as a result of pride. You and I must be careful not to fall victims of this vice.
1 Corinthians 4:7 tells us that all special abilities and gifts are from God and there should be no room for self glorification. Each time someone appreciates special abilities or gifts in us should be taken as an opportunity to evangelize. As we sincerely do this in humility and love, we will see the Lord decorating our lives with greater blessings of His.
Prayer: Dearest Father, I thank You for Your wondrous gifts and blessings in my life. May I always acknowledge You as the source of all that is good in me and return all glory to You. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 488 – Why should we thank God?
Everything that we are and have comes from God. Paul says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Being grateful to God, the giver of all good things makes you happy.
The greatest prayer of thanks is the “EUCHARIST” (“thanksgiving” in Greek) of Jesus, in which he takes bread and wine so as to offer them to God for all creation, transformed. Whenever Christians give thanks, they are joining in Jesus’ great prayer of thanksgiving. For we, too, are transformed and redeemed by Jesus, and so from the depths of our hearts we can be grateful and tell God this in a variety of ways.
HIDE A TREASURE: “What have you that you did not receive? If then you received, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?” 1 Corinthians 4:7 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Acts 3:11-26; Psalm 8: 2, 5-9; Luke 24: 35-48