CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

Wednesday 8th July- Wednesday of week 14 of the year

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

Matthew 10:1-7

Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; rather go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the Kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” (Mt 10:5-7)

Christ the Son of God, came into the world to save all men, all nations, and all peoples, for this was His ultimate goal on earth. It was only necessary that our Blessed Lord begin the process of Salvation with His own people (the Isrealites; Isaiah 49:6); for charity they say, begins at home. The first explicit direction of Jesus to the Apostles to avoid the pagans does not imply that the rest of humanity were only an afterthought in His ministry. On the other hand, it shows how much God loves his own, for he does not want any one of his fold to be lost (Mt 18:14). A man who cannot put his own home in order, cannot be considered eligible to lead a community or group.

As humans we clamour for change; as youths we dream of a better world; as citizens we seek for justice and for a better society. Yet we fail to see unlike Jesus Christ that the greatest change we need is from within. Friends, let our desire for a better world start from us; Let us as exemplaries of Christ choose to be the change we desire, let the change start from our families,  our communities, our schools, our groups and together we can make the world a better place.

To change the world, all we need do is change ourselves.

Prayer: Lord help me to become the change I seek and help others to do what is right.  Amen

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 305What are the three supernatural virtues

The supernatural virtues are faith, hope and charity. They are called “supernatural” because they have their foundation in God, are directly related to God, and are for us men the way by which we can reach God directly.

Hide a Treasure: “Hypocrite, take first the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clear enough to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 GNB

Today’s Reading: Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24, Psalm 33:2-3. 10-11. 18-19, Matthew 10:1-7

BE READY FOR CHANGE

Saturday 4th July – Saturday of week 13 of the year

BE READY FOR CHANGE

Matthew 9:14-17

It is often said that ‘change’ is the only constant thing in life. Indeed it is. At some point in our lives, we were just a suckling in our mother’s arms, free from the worries of this world but now we have grown to become adolescents or adults with decisions of our own to make. This life given to us  presents us with different forms of change. Jesus says today: ‘but the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.’ (Mt.9:15b).

The disciples of Jesus had all the while enjoyed the great benefits and privileges that came from having Jesus around. But now He tells them that they will soon stop enjoying those benefits, because the time will come when they have to go for it themselves, a time when they would have to choose to either stand for God or stand against him.

Dear friend, you may ask yourself today, what change are my expecting to happen soon in my life? Are my prepared for this change? Will I always be for God no matter what happens? These are pertinent questions every Christian should at all times ask himself or herself. Let us then always prepare ourselves for the days ahead; this we can not do with our own human strength we need to always follow Jesus every step of the way just like the apostles did, that we may be able to stand for Christ at all time. In other words, to be able to manage the inevitable changes that would come our way, we must constantly upgrade ourselves in all ramifications, be it spiritually, academically, financially or otherwise. We need a fresh wineskin (a pure heart) for the new wine (the holy spirit). So I ask you today: ‘Are you ready for change?’

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, enlarge my capacity to contain whatever change may come my way. Help me to stand for you no matter what happens. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1808: “Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.” Proverbs 3:6 GNB

Today’s Readings: Gen.27:1-5, 15-29; Ps.135:1-6; Mt.9:14-17