Tuesday 25th August- St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz P. (Opt.Mem)
Reflection: Matthew 23:25-62
BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
Today’s Gospel presents us with a very unique aspect of our spiritual and moral life. We may be quick to conclude that Jesus seemed to always pick on the Pharisees. However, what Jesus disliked and condemned was their hypocritical life style. This hypocritical way of life is gradually eating deep into the lives of many Christian youths.
Dear friends, being a christian goes beyond what people would say about you and more of what Christ himself would say about you. We need an inward transformation. It is not just the external things we do like being active in church, attending church programmes and trying to portray ourselves as righteous that makes us true Christians; rather, it is by allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us inwardly.
Are there certain bad habits you desire to conquer? Don’t pretend they are not there. Own up to them and ask the Holy Spirit to help you for the human flesh is weak. (Rom.12:2). You cannot conquer sin in your life through your own strength alone. Approach our Lord at confession where He desires to receive you with open arms and strengthen you in your quest for holiness. Study His word and allow its truth to transform you.
PRAYER: Precious Holy Spirit, please purge me off all filthiness within me.
HIDE A TREASURE: “You will succeed… not by might or by your own strength, but my Spirit.” Zechariah 4:6
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2466: “The disciple of Jesus continues in His Word so as to know the truth that will make you free and that sanctifies.”
Today’s reading: 1Thess 2:1-8; Ps.139:1-3.4-6; Mt. 23:23-26