Monday 1st December – Monday of the 1st week of Advent
Reflection: Matthew 8: 5-11
FAITH IN GOD’S WORD
A successful walk with God requires faith, believing in the authority of the word of God. This faith must not only be professed by words but must be seen in our actions as exemplified by the centurion in today’s reading. He acted out his faith, believing that by speaking the words, Jesus could heal his servant. It is rather unfortunate that though many Christians today are in places of authority and have subordinates who carry out their instructions promptly, we still do not understand and reverence the authority in the word of God.
We often encounter God’s word, especially in Scriptures but do we really believe these words? Do we believe in the truth of God’s word and in its power to heal, transform and bless us? In our moments of difficulty as well as in times of joy, do we seek solace in God’s word? Do we humble ourselves to be properly guided by the word of God just like the centurion did today?
Dear friend, the word of God is true. There is no situation of your life which God’s word does not address. As young people, we will find direction for our lives as we study God’s word with faith and with the willingness to obey Him. As you repeat the centurion’s words at every Mass: “Lord, I am not worthy…but only say your word and I shall be healed”, give thanks to God for the gift of His word and let His word dwell in you richly!
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your word. Please help me to accept your word with faith and trust always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 91 – Can you learn to pray from the Bible?
The Bible is like a wellspring of prayer. To pray with the Word of God means to use the words and events of the Bible for one’s own prayer. “To be ignorant of Scripture is to be ignorant of Christ” (St. Jerome).
HIDE A TREASURE: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” Hebrews 4:12 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122: 1-9; Matthew 8: 5-11