Sunday 18th January – 2nd Sunday of the Year
Reflection: 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20
COMMITMENT TO GOD
Commitment is the willingness to give your time and energy to something you believe in. As Christians, our faith in God demands that we should be committed to Him with all that we have: our time, talent, treasure, energy, and even our bodies. There is the tendency as humans to believe that we own our lives and thus can do anything we like with it. But as baptized Christians, we have become sons and daughters of God, consequently, we are called to live in loyalty and commitment to our Father (Romans 8:12-14).
Dear friends, God has given us the freedom to make choices; He does not force His will on us but we must not abuse this freedom, bearing in mind that it is precisely because we are free beings that we are accountable for our actions. St Paul reminds us in today’s second reading that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in us and who was given to us by God, for we do not belong to ourselves but to God to whom we are accountable (cf 1 Corinthians 6:19).
Beloved, commitment to God simply requires a conscious rejection of sin, Satan, his cohorts and his empty promises. Let us look at the life of Samuel in the first reading of today, who was totally committed and offered himself as God’s instrument and God was with him (1 Samuel 3:10, 19).
PRAYER: Please help me Lord to flee from sin and Satan and draw closer to you. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 286 – What is freedom and what is it for?
Freedom is the God-given power to be able to act of one’s own accord; a person who is free no longer acts under the influence of someone else. God created us as free men and wills our freedom so that we might wholeheartedly in favour of the good, indeed for the greatest “good”-in other words, for God. The more we do what is good, the freer we become.
HIDE A TREASURE: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: 1 Samuel 3:3 -10, 19; Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20; John 1: 35-42