Tuesday 15th July – Memorial of St Bonaventure, Bishop & Doctor
Reflection: Isaiah 7:1-9
Even after the word of God had been addressed to King Ahaz to keep alert, stay calm and not be disturbed by the threats of war by his enemies (Isaiah 7: 4a), there was still a vital part which he had to play to bring about the manifestation of God’s word in His nation: He had to have faith in God.
St John was not mistaken when he said that our victory over the world is our Faith. (1 John 5:4). As Christians, faith is our shield with which we put away all the arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16). We must not lose faith lest we endanger ourselves to attacks.
Beloved in Christ, to stay calm and alert when trouble looms around us is a fruit of an enduring faith. (1Peter 5:8-9). Faith in Christ and all that he promises gives us assurance of its fulfillment but must be able to stand the test of time and trials. As we build up our faith, our courage is strengthened and we are able to face the ups and downs of life with confidence and hope. Therefore, Let us build up our faith in prayer and ask God to preserve us in his love and mercy.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, strengthen my faith in you that may overcome all trials and temptations that will come my way. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 475 – How did Jesus pray?
Jesus’ life was one single prayer. At decisive moments (his temptation in the desert, his selection of the apostles, his death on the Cross) his prayer was especially intense. Often he withdrew into solitude to pray, especially at night. Being one with the Father in the Holy Spirit—that was the guiding principle of his earthly life.
HIDE A TREASURE: “If your faith is not enduring, you will not endure” Isaiah 7:9b GNB
Readings for Today: Isaiah 7:1-9; Psalm 48: 2-8; Matthew 11:20-24