Tuesday 1st December – Tuesday of the 1st week of Advent
Reflection: Luke 10: 21-24
RECOGNISE YOUR PRIVILEGE
The seeming “unfairness” of life beats our human understanding. One person is born in an environment that offers great opportunities required to fly high in academics and any chosen career while another person is born in an environment that barely allows him to pass through primary school before he is required to learn a low-income trade that merely allows him to struggle for survival throughout life.
This discrepancy is very obvious in faith and religion. Many people various parts of the world seek God amidst shadows and have not the privilege of coming to know the one true God. There are fellow baptised Christians too who believe in Christ and strive to follow him faithfully but do not have the privilege of the fullness of the Christian faith that subsists in the Catholic Church. But, you and I have the privilege not only to be Christian, serving the one true God of the universe but to be fully united with His Church and possess all the truth and beauty she offers as we journey towards eternal union with God.
Beloved, your eyes have seen, your ears have heard and even your tongue has tasted the fullness of Christ in His Church but what effect does it have on you? Is your commitment to God and to a life of love any stronger than those around you? Do your attitudes to life and your interpersonal relationships reveal that you have encountered Christ in his fullness? Jesus proclaimed his disciples blessed in today’s gospel reading because they were privileged to see and hear him. Yet that blessing only holds true when we properly respond to the call to love and holiness extended to us each day. As we take up the missionary mandate to proclaim Christ to every creature and trust God to take care of his beloved children who have never heard about Christ, let us recognise our privilege and live worthily of our Christian call.
PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for the gift of my precious faith. Please help me to respond to your call to holiness in my everyday life. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 125 – what is unique about the People of God?
The founder of this people is God the Father. Its leader is Jesus Christ. Its source of strength is the Holy Spirit. The entryway to the People of God is Baptism. Its dignity is the freedom of the children of God. Its law is love. If this people remains faithful to God and seeks first the kingdom of God, it changes the world.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 11: 1-10; Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Lk 10: 21-24