RECOGNISE YOUR PRIVILEGE

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

MAKING A CHOICE FOR HEAVEN

Monday 31st August – Monday of week 22 of the year

Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

MAKING A CHOICE FOR HEAVEN

“It is appointed for men to die once and after that comes judgment (Heb 9:27). And this judgment, based on our lives here on earth will determine what eternity will be for us -Heaven or Hell. Each time we hear about Hell, our natural response is to reject it: “God forbid!” we would say. This is a good response of course, yet, the choice of Heaven lies in our very hands. Jesus’ country men in today’s gospel reading lost the transformation Jesus’ visit was to bring because they rejected him out of familiarity “Is he not the son of Joseph the carpenter?”

Israel was God’s chosen people. They had the laws and the prophets and it was through them that God planned to save mankind but all these good things slipped off their hands to the advantage of the gentiles, because the Jews failed to recognize and accept the Messiah. Little wonder Jesus told the Pharisees: “the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.” (Mt 21: 43).
How about us? We have the privilege of being Catholic Christians. Are we going to embrace this gift? Beloved, how terrible it will be, if after professing Jesus Christ, we hear the words: “I never knew you (Mt 7:21); “away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25:41). Indeed, God forbid it! We can only forbid this by living in obedience to God each day. When we do, then like St Paul tells us in the first reading, we will realize that death is simply a passage from this world to blessed union with our eternal Father (1Thess 4:14).

PRAYER: Eternal Father, give us your grace to serve you wholly, so that at the end of our sojourn here on earth, we may inherit your kingdom where you live forever. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH:  YOUCAT 157Will we be brought to judgment after death?

The so-called particular or personal judgment occurs at the moment of death of the individual. The general judgment, which is also called the Last Judgment, occurs on the Last Day, at the end of the world, when the Lord comes again.

HIDE A TREASURE: “The quality of each person’s work will be seen when the day of Christ exposes it. For on that day, fire will reveal everyone’s work; the fire will test it and show its real quality” 1 Corinthians 3:13 GNB

Today’s Readings: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Psalm 96: 1, 3-5, 11-13; Luke 4: 16-30