Thursday 3rd December – Memorial of St Francis Xavier, Priest
Reflection: Matthew 7: 21, 24 – 27
BUILT TO LAST
To every skilled builder, of utmost importance is the integrity of the foundation. The increasing incidence of collapse of buildings under construction in our county is a reflection of what happens when standards are not followed. Sadly, these are often fatal.
Our public life is a reflection of our inner life and convictions. What beautifies our inner life is nothing but the TRUTH (John 8:32; John 14:6). The truth counsels us against mediocrity (Proverbs 18:9), inordinate love for money (1Timothy 6: 10) and sexual immorality (1Corinthians 6:17-20), to mention a few.
As youths, we are in the spring of our lives and we will not remain youths forever. There is no better time than now for us to pay the discipline for sustainable knowledge. It is a time to concretely invest in ourselves, in order to chart a glorious future for ourselves. A time to steadfastly pursue this aim, consistently saying NO to the shortcuts and distractions that seek to jeopardise our future. TRUTH calls us to excellence in our foundation building. Excellence speaks! So give it an expression in your character, academic pursuit, outlook (dressing) and in your service to God and humanity. It in fact, seeks an expression in ALL that is good (Philippians 4:8).
We probably might temporarily succeed in making others believe that we are what we are not but in the long run, we must live with the consequences of our actions and inaction. An enduring foundation is needed to prevent us from being victims in life. Let us be rooted in the truth; let us be rooted in Christ Jesus, for He is the only foundation that grants stability to life and guarantees us a home in heaven.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you are the sure foundation that holds all things together, as I build my life on you, please keep me through the storms of life that my life may glorify you. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 59 – Why did God make man?
God made everything for man. Man, however, who is “the only creature on earth that God willed for its own sake” was created in order to be blessed. This happens when he knows, loves, and serves God and lives in gratitude toward his Creator.
Gratitude is love that has been acknowledged. God wishes us to acknowledge his love and even now to live our whole life in relation with him. This relationship lasts forever.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock” Matthew 7:24 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 26: 1-6; Psalm 118; Matthew 7: 21, 24 – 27