Tuesday 21st October – Tuesday of week 29 of the year
Reflection: Luke 12:35-38
In Baptism, we have all received a new life; the life of God. Through grace, God gave us life with Christ and by His grace we have been saved. By virtue of His death and resurrection, Christ has won for us the new life and made us partakers in God’s promises. Now we are no longer strangers or guests, but fellow citizens of the Holy people: we are members the household of God (Ephesians 2:19). Just as children in a household depend on their parents for their needs but have a responsibility to perform the house chores, so we too, as God’s children have been saddled with the responsibility of putting God’s house in order. This house of God is your body (1 Corinthians 6:19) and by extension your life.
‘To get to the top is difficult, but even more difficult is maintaining the top’. Thus, St. Paul encourages us to continue working out our salvation with fear and trembling day by day, to persevere in the right path till the end; for being members of God’s household is just the beginning and not our destination. Our destination is to attain eternal life with God. To put our lives in order while we await the Lord’s return, we must go to the foot of the cross of Jesus; we must daily study and live His words as contained in the Holy Scriptures and taught by the Church and we must daily strive to partake of His body and blood in the Holy Eucharist; the strength for our journey of faith (John 6:54). We must daily put to death all inclinations to sin in our body by His grace, live in peace with our brethren and daily make a choice for heaven. We must live each day as if it was our last to prepare for heaven.
Dear friends, if we are not prepared for heaven today, there is no assurance we will be prepared tomorrow.
PRAYER: Lord, please give me the grace to daily walk in the light of your presence and never to depart from you, so that eternally I may reign with you in heaven. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 157 – Will we be brought to judgment after death?
The so-called particular or personal judgment occurs at the moment of death of the individual. The general judgment, which is also called the Last Judgment, occurs on the Last Day, at the end of the world, when the Lord comes again.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Happy are those servants whom the master finds wide-awake when he comes.” Luke 12:37 CCB
Readings for Today: Ephesians 2: 12-22, Psalm 85: 9-14, Luke 12: 35-38