Friday 31st October – Friday of week 30 of the year

Reflection: Luke 14: 1-6


What is your reaction when you see someone acting in opposition to what he preaches? It will demand a lot of patience and self-control from most of us to resist the temptation to condemn such a person. Actions indeed speak louder than words.

Today’s reading tells us that Jesus was invited for a meal and was being closely watched. Dear friends, whether you like it or not, you are being watched everyday and everywhere you go. Consciously or unconsciously, those who live around you: your family members, colleagues in school or at work, brethren in the Church; all those whom you live and work with are watching you. What does your action speak to them? Do your actions reflect your Christian identity? Do your actions portray the presence of Christ in you?

Dear friends, until Christ’s presence is seen in us – in our words, actions, attitudes etc. Our Christianity remains superficial and unreal. Let us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit today and ask Him to permeate our innermost being so that our actions will be prompted by Him and will evangelize those who surround us.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of your Spirit that dwells in me. Please help me to be docile to His promptings so that my actions will bring glory to you always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 347 – Why is “not practicing what you preach” such a serious deficiency in a Christian?

Agreement between one’s life and one’s witness is the first requirement for proclaiming the Gospel. Not practicing what you profess is therefore hypocrisy, a betrayal of the Christian duty to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world”.

…Christians themselves, not the things they say, are Christ’s “letters of recommendation” (2 Cor 3:2) to the world.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Philippians 1: 1-11; Psalm 111: 1-6; Luke 14: 1-6


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