WHERE LIES YOUR INTEREST?

Saturday 24th October – Saturday of week 29 of the year

Reflection: Romans 8: 1-11

WHERE LIES YOUR INTEREST?

What interests a man goes a long way to tell you about his personality. While some see life as a field for pleasure and self-satisfaction, others consider it as a pilgrimage during which they are to discover and live out the purpose of our creator. To both, their outlook on life will inevitably shape their life’s engagements and pursuits.

Today’s first reading calls us to examine our interests in life. Are we fascinated by spiritual things or carnal things? “It is death to limit oneself to what is unspiritual; …to limit oneself to what is unspiritual is to be at enmity with God: such a limitation never could and never does submit to God’s law” (Romans 8: 6-7). God’s laws are meant to direct our ways aright in life. To deliberately choose to live in opposition to them would amount to self-inflicted injury on one’s soul.

Beloved in Christ what drives your life? Is your life bearing godly fruits to the Lord’s delight? Today we are called to rededicate our lives to godly pursuits; to devote our youthful strength to the Lord’s service. Though this might appear unpopular in our secular age, it is the only sure guarantee to a life of fulfilment and peace. Let us make our delight in pleasing the Lord.

PRAYER: Fill my heart with a pure love of you Lord. Please dispel from me all yearnings and attention that do not honour you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 285What is eternal happiness?

Eternal happiness is seeing God and being taken up into God’s happiness. This happiness is the pure gift of God’s grace, for we men can neither bring it about ourselves nor comprehend it in its magnitude. God would like us to decide in favor of our happiness; we should choose God freely, love him above all things, do good and avoid evil insofar as we are able. 
Man is so great that nothing on earth can satisfy him. Only when he turns to God is he content. St. John Vianney

HIDE A TREASURE: “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” Romans 8:6 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 8:1-11; Psalm 24: 1-6; Luke13: 1-9

DO NOT GIVE UP ON THY SELF

Friday 23rd October – Friday of week 29 of the year

DO NOT GIVE UP ON THY SELF

Romans 7: 18-25

One of the greatest tragedies of faith is for any Christian to give up on him or herself. To surrender to our human weaknesses and quit striving in the salvation struggle is to relinquish oneself as prey to Satan. God never gives up on any one (Ephesian 2:4); we are the only ones that can shut the door of mercy on ourselves through unbelief. That was the tragedy of Judas’ faith.
Beloved in the Lord, is your lamentation similar to that of St. Paul in today’s first reading? “… for though the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is not, with the result that instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful thing I do not want” (Romans 7: 21-23). Let us not be discouraged; the manifestation of our human weakness should promote humility of heart and spur us to greater dependence on God.

By humility of heart, I mean three things. Firstly, our weaknesses teach us that none of us is yet perfect (Romans 3: 23), though we have been converted to Christ, our salvation is a journey which we must daily work out (Philippians 2:12). Secondly, we are reminded of our need to daily quest and depend more on the grace of God (2 Corinthians 12:9; 1 Samuel 2:9). Thirdly, our weakness should teach us to accommodate the imperfections of others having come to see the short comings in ourselves.

Dearest in Christ, let us not get wearied on the journey of faith; let us persevere in good work. Faithful is He that has called us (1 Thessalonian 5: 24) and He is able to safeguard the souls that have been committed to him to the glorious appearance of the saints in heaven (1 Timothy 1:12).

Prayer: Thank you father for your great love and mercy over my life. Please help me never to be discouraged by my shortcomings but that I may be committed to greater seek and serve you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 679 – The father has given “all judgement to the Son.” Yet the Son did not come to judge, but to save and to give the life he has in himself. By rejecting grace, one already judges oneself, receives according to ones’ works, and can even condemn oneself for all eternity by rejecting the Spirit of love. 

HIDE A TREASURE: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak” 2 Corinthians 12:9 GNB

Today’s Readings: Romans 7: 18-25; Psalms 119: 66, 68, 76-77, 93-94; Luke 12: 54-59

THE GIFT OF GOD

Thursday 22nd October – Thursday of week 29 of the year

THE GIFT OF GOD

Romans 6: 19-23

The quality of a gift depends on the worth of the giver and the love for the recipient. You cannot give what you do not have goes a popular saying. A primary question we need to ask ourselves as Christians is: “what have I come to the Lord to receive?” To some people it is material blessings and life’s comfort; to another set of people it’s healing and deliverance from one sickness or affliction; while many basically seek God to make ends meet.

But is any of these the best of God’s offer to us? Was the primary purpose of Christ’s crucifixion to bring us greater wealth and comfort in life? Certainly not! The offer and love of God to us clearly surpasses all that. Christ came to offer us eternal life (John 10:10). And eternal life is to know the only true God and Christ Jesus whom he sent (John 17:3). We cannot know God except we seek for him (Jeremiah 29:13). The knowledge of God comes with revelation of himself to us. And He readily reveals himself to those who sincerely desire a relationship with him. As a Christian, to know what is foremost in your heart, just examine what characterises your daily prayer. Is it a constant petition for material blessings or a daily quest for the kingdom of God?

When we seek God first, other blessings automatically follow as fringe benefits (Matthew 6:33). When we decide for Christ, it is at a cost and sacrifice, nevertheless, the benefits far outweigh the cost. This is our consolation from today’s gospel reading and gospel acclamation (Philippians 3:8-9). Having come to know Jesus, St. Paul found other attractions to be worth nothing but rubbish!

Prayer: Make your primary gift, eternal salvation, foremost in my heart oh Lord! Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 3 Why do we seek God?

God has placed in our hearts a longing to seek and find him. St. Augustine says, “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” We call this longing for God. 
A person is not completely himself until he has found God. “Anyone who seeks truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it” (St. Edith Stein).

HIDE A TREASURE: “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness” John 10:10 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 6:19-23; Psalm 1: 1-4, 6; Luke 12: 49-53

“TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN…”

Wednesday 21st October – Wednesday of week 29 of the year

Reflection: Luke 12:39-48

“TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN…”

For sure, this is a popular phrase and you can as well complete it. Everything that God has created has a purpose and hence, has something to offer. We are not created empty. God has filled us with numerous gifts and talents. The question now is do you know yours? That is where it all begins. You must first be able to identify the unique gift or talent that God has bestowed upon you before you can even start using it. So how do you come to recognize these gifts?

Some gifts are easily recognizable, while some are hidden and require greater discernment to bring them to the surface. Both ways, God has the master-plan of your life and it is only in communion with Him that you can truly discover yourself and your talent. You can decide to take a few days of retreat, “that sounds weird” you may say, but it is worth it beloved. After all that is why you are here on earth- to use your gifts and talents to glorify God and to serve humanity. So it is worth given due attention to find out what exactly it that God has placed in you. As these gifts become evident to you, ask God for guidance on how to use them for His glory. Begin the search today and “you will find”. Once you have discovered and started making use of it, you will find yourself filled with boundless joy because you are doing what you were created to do.

PRAYER:  Ask the Father to lead you into a voyage of discovering the special gifts He has place in you this season. 

KNOW YOUR FAITH:  CCC 2427 – Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another. Hence work is a duty: “If anyone will not work, let him not eat. “Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “He fills my life with good things, so that I stay young and strong like an eagle” Psalm 103:5 GNB

Today’s Readings: Rom 6:12-18; Ps 124:1-8; Lk.12:39-48

INTER-GENERATIONAL SEEDS

Tuesday 20th October- Tuesday of week 29 0f the year

Reflection: Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21

INTER-GENERATIONAL SEEDS

Do you believe that what you do today can affect your tomorrow? Or better still do you know that your deeds of today are like seeds that will germinate in the future? Your answer to these questions will determine how well informed you are on the generational effects of your actions. Everyone has a history and that history might eventually determine his or her present living except something is done to change that. Today we are told that death passed unto all men because of the sin of one man- Adam. How is this possible? It is simply because our actions or inactions as human beings are like sound waves that can re-echo into the future. So Adam’s sin brought about death to all of humanity and creation. Hence, it is evident that the kind of life we live today can either live a good legacy or otherwise for our posterity.

We also have in today’s account that because of Christ’s obedience, life have equally passed to all men. Now this sounds like a game isn’t it? But it’s true. The sacrifice of Christ Jesus when rightly appropriated in our individual lives can set us free from every bad generational seeds that may be at work against our God-given destiny. So let’s go on in faith and harness the fruits of Calvary for our benefits. Let us also remember that everything we do each day speaks into the future. May the Lord grant us grace to so good seeds every time and everywhere. Amen.   

PRAYER: Father give me the grace to sow good seeds in my present day, also I ask that you break the power of any evil seed sown by my fore fathers that may affecting me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2087 – “Our moral life has its source in faith in God who reveals his love to us. St. Paul speaks of the “obedience of faith” as our first obligation. He shows that “ignorance of God” is the principle and explanation of all moral deviations. Our duty toward God is to believe in him and to bear witness to him.”

HIDE A TREASURE:  “There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus” Romans 8: 1 GNB

Today’s Readings: Rom 5:12, 15, 17-21; Ps.40:7-10, 17; Lk.12:35-38

ARE YOU RICH?

Monday 19th October – Monday of week 29 of the year

Reflection: Luke 12:13-21

ARE YOU RICH?

I could possibly guess what your answer would be to the question above, but I would not try to. The first question you may want to answer is what is the definition of the word “rich”? Or you may ask yourself, what does it mean to be rich? Looking at today’s gospel reading you will find God’s own perspective of the word “rich”. You will be amazed to discover that what God may regard to be “true riches” is different from what man may think it to be.

Frankly speaking, is there anything wrong in being rich in the worldly sense of it? The answer is definitely NO. However, many people have allowed their riches to trap their souls to the extent that their whole being revolves around their possessions. Also, many people keep on storing riches whereas people are hungry and languishing in misery around them. This was the fault of the “rich fool” in today’s reading. He trusted in his riches so much that he forgot that his life and happiness did not depend on them but on God. True riches lies not in physical possession but in you union with God. How rich your relationship with God is what determines how rich you really are.

As children of God, we should use our riches to glorify God. All we have and all we are proceed from God, therefore there is no reason to boast. Let us go out today and use what we have to bless others. God will surely replenish you in unquantifiable measure.

PRAYER: O Lord give me the grace to be a blessing to all around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2536: “The tenth commandment forbids greed and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit. It forbids avarice arising from a passion for riches and their attendant power. It also forbids the desire to commit injustice by harming our neighbor in his temporal goods”

HIDE A TREASURE: “Do people gain anything if they win the whole world but lose their own life?” Mark 8:36 GNB

Today’s readings: Romans 4: 20-25; Lk.1:69-75 (canticle); Luke 12:13-21

HOLDING ON TO GOD’S PROMISES

Saturday 17th October – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr

Reflection: Romans 4:13, 16-18

HOLDING ON TO GOD’S PROMISES

Our catechism teaches us that faith is the supernatural gift of God which enables us to believe without doubting whatever God has revealed. Faith makes us certain that whatever we ask of God will be granted to us according to His will. It gives us the assurance that we will always have answers to our prayers. All the promises of God to us his children are realized though faith hence scripture tells us: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1)

Faith propels us to move even when the obvious situation around us asks us to stop. Faith tells you that you are a success when all around you is written failure. This is amazing! Yet, all too often we get worried and impatient when things do not go as planned and God seems not to be answering our prayers. If you have moments of waiting on God, do not be discouraged. You are in good company and you have the assurance that you will not be disappointed. Dear friend what are the promises of God concerning you and your family? Only believe! God is ever faithful.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please help me to hold onto your promises with faith and trust just as Abraham did. May my trust in you never be disappointed. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2611 – The prayer of faith consists not only in saying “Lord, Lord,” but in disposing the heart to do the will of the Father. Jesus calls his disciples to bring into their prayer this concern for cooperating with the divine plan.

HIDE A TREASURE: “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 4: 13, 16-18; Psalm 105: 6-9, 42-43; Luke 12:8-12