Friday 11th March – Friday of the 4th week of Lent
Reflection: Wisdom 2: 1, 12-22
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
The disciples were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26). This name which means “followers of Christ” was given to this new religious sect whose preaching, life and example was very much like that of Christ. Indeed as Christians, were called to be followers of Christ and the way we live our lives is the real proof as to whether or not we are Christ’s followers. As Christians, we are called to live a life that is different from that of the world around us. We are to live in holiness and in obedience to God. Indeed Christ tells us “though you are IN the world, you are not OF the world”.
Our Christian faith does not call us to live on our own, separated from other human beings; instead it invites us to live our calling wherever we find ourselves. Our lives are to be shining lights, showing unbelievers the way to salvation and peace. Today’s reading shows us that the life of a Christian is continually a challenge to unbelievers. They see something higher than themselves. While they are pushed around by their sinful lusts and desires, the self mastery of the Christian speaks volumes to them, bringing condemnation on them.
Dear friend, does your life speak of your relationship with Christ? As young people, let us submit ourselves to Jesus and to the working of the Holy Spirit in us. Let us make a decision to live out our faith, even in the face of persecution from friends and classmates. Once we desire holiness, and strive for it, we will be surprised at how God will pour His grace upon us so that we can truly live for Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to live for you and let my life we be a source of evangelization to those around me. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 347 Why is “not practicing what you preach” such a serious deficiency in a Christian?
Agreement between one’s life and one’s witness is the first requirement for proclaiming the Gospel. Not practicing what you profess is therefore HYPOCRISY, a betrayal of the Christian duty to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world”.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers and example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” 1 Timothy 4:12 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Wisdom 2: 1, 12-22; Psalm 34: 16-23; John 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30
I am looking for a book that is a Catholic daily devotional for mature pre-teens and teens. Could you recommend one?
Hi Mary, thanks for writing. I’ve not really worked with pre-teens or teens in ministry here in the United States and as such I don’t have any specific devotional i can recommend.
However, I do have some good experience with The Word Among Us, which though not written particularly with a young audience in mind, has simple language that can benefit teens and even pre-teens and which I found very helpful when I was a teenager myself.
I also know there is a teen edition of “Jesus Calling” and that should be helpful; but I’ve not used that personally.
Wish you a grace-filled Lent!