DO YOU LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS?

Monday, 13th July- Monday of week 15 of the year

DO YOU LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS?

Matthew 10:34- 11:1

“Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it”(Mt 10:39).
Loving God above all things including our own lives does require a whole lot from us. It means glorifying him in love and thanksgiving, for this is the great commandment given to us in Deuteronomy 6:5 that we are to love God with all our heart, all our soul and all our strength. This does not in any way come easy, having to stand against our personal desires and a world that offers us fame and money first in place of God. It should be noted however, that all these would only lead us to nothing but pain, disappointments, sufferings and death of our souls. In the gospel reading of today, Jesus Christ himself puts it to us that the level at which we put God is the level at which he would put us at the end of time. As Christians, we should always put Jesus in the first strata of our lives, so we would also be elevated on the last day. “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Such a man shall die the second death of eternal damnation where there will be gnashing of teeth.

Dear beloved, ask yourself today; what has taken the place of God in my life? What worries me more than loving God? Is it academics, finances, good health, family issues etc.? All these are temporal; only eternal happiness is permanent and that should be our goal. Seek God, carry your cross joyfully and all the good things you desire on earth shall be given to you. Remember, seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, everything I count as profitable, I give them up today for the sake of thy kingdom and salvation of my soul. Help me to love you above all. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT468What should a person yearn for most?
The ultimate and greatest longing of a person can only be for God. To see him, our creator, Lord, and Redeemer, is unending blessedness.

Hide a treasure: “Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8 GNB

Today’s Readings: Exodus 1:8-14,22; Psalm 124:1-3,4-6,7-8; Matthew 10:34-11:1

COMMITMENT TO GOD

Sunday 18th January – 2nd Sunday of the Year

Reflection: 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20

COMMITMENT TO GOD

Commitment is the willingness to give your time and energy to something you believe in. As Christians, our faith in God demands that we should be committed to Him with all that we have: our time, talent, treasure, energy, and even our bodies. There is the tendency as humans to believe that we own our lives and thus can do anything we like with it. But as baptized Christians, we have become sons and daughters of God, consequently, we are called to live in loyalty and commitment to our Father (Romans 8:12-14).

Dear friends, God has given us the freedom to make choices; He does not force His will on us but we must not abuse this freedom, bearing in mind that it is precisely because we are free beings that we are accountable for our actions. St Paul reminds us in today’s second reading that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in us and who was given to us by God, for we do not belong to ourselves but to God to whom we are accountable (cf 1 Corinthians 6:19).

Beloved, commitment to God simply requires a conscious rejection of sin, Satan, his cohorts and his empty promises. Let us look at the life of Samuel in the first reading of today, who was totally committed and offered himself as God’s instrument and God was with him (1 Samuel 3:10, 19).

PRAYER: Please help me Lord to flee from sin and Satan and draw closer to you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 286 – What is freedom and what is it for?

Freedom is the God-given power to be able to act of one’s own accord; a person who is free no longer acts under the influence of someone else. God created us as free men and wills our freedom so that we might wholeheartedly in favour of the good, indeed for the greatest “good”-in other words, for God. The more we do what is good, the freer we become.

HIDE A TREASURE: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: 1 Samuel 3:3 -10, 19; Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20; John 1: 35-42