Monday 14th July – Monday of week 15 of the year
Reflection: Matthew 10: 34 – 11:1
TRUTH MUST STAND
Beloved in Christ, there is nothing like a “half – truth”. Truth is God himself (John 14:6) and falsehood cannot live in the household of God. As close as Peter was to Christ, he was rebuked when he allowed the devil to speak through him (Mark 8:31-33). The Scripture rightly says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “ all scriptures is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instructions for right living”. This shows clearly what our Lord Jesus Christ stands for (John 8:32) and what we should stand for as His true disciples.
Christ tells us today in our reading that he has not come to bring peace but a sword. That “sword” which Jesus refers to his Word which must permeate through our families and churches to dispel radically the root of evil and falsehood. Because Christ died for all; saints and sinners alike, the only way true peace would reign in our friendships and relationships is when the truth stands out. This would bring genuine conversion to Christ and our fellowship with him would yield fruit.
We must learn to follow Christ’s foot step by being truthful in our daily affairs and never becoming weary when oppositions come even from our closest partners or friends. Let us find courage in God’s word and endeavor to welcome the truth no matter what it may cost.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to live by the truth always and become more receptive to your word. Amen
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 301- How does a person become prudent?
A person becomes prudent by learning to distinguish what is essential from what is non-essential, to set the right goals and to choose the best means of attaining them.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciple”. Matthew 10:38 GNB
Readings for Today: Isaiah 1:10-17; Psalm 50: 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23; Matthew 10:34- 11:1