Sunday 26th March – 4th Sunday of Lent
Reflection: Ephesians 5: 8-14
LIVING IN THE LIGHT
The discovery of the filament light bulb is one that has transformed our human experience in a tremendous way. People who hitherto depended solely on the light of the sun to get all their activities done now had the opportunity to get more things done through the aid of artificial light hence, prolonging productive hours of the day. The most beautiful thing attribute about light is its ability to make things clear. Little wonder Christ calls his disciples the “light of the world.”
St Paul admonishes us today to be children of light, following in the footsteps of Christ and dispelling the darkness of sin and evil in our world through the lives we live. Beloved, you can look around you and wonder if anything you can ever do will make a difference. You may think of acts of love and kindness are insignificant, considering the depth of decay. The good news is that the tiniest speck of light stands out amid darkness. The little you do counts a great deal.
Let us begin this week with a renewed commitment to shine Christ’s light by refusing to gossip, saving a school mate from bullies, breaking the chain of a rumour against someone, helping someone in dire need. Let us try to discover what the Lord wants of us (cf Eph 5:10) with regards to the situations around us and let us trust in the good shepherd to guide us as we follow Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the privilege of belonging to you. Please help me to bring your light and love to an aching world. Amen.
Faith Pearls: YOUCAT 219 – How often must a Catholic Christian participate in the celebration of the Eucharist?
A Catholic Christian is obliged to attend Holy Mass on all Sundays and holy days of obligation. Anyone who is really seeking Jesus’ friendship responds as often as possible to Jesus’ personal invitation to the feast
Hide a treasure: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” Matthew 5:16 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: 1 Sam 16: 1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9: 1-41
Saturday 3rd October – Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Virgin & Doctor
Reflection: Luke 10:17-24
Man is so great that nothing on earth satisfy him. Only when he turns to God is he content. St. John Vianney.
These words of John Vianney describes the joy of Jesus’ seventy-two disciples on their return from mission. They were overwhelmed by what they did through Jesus’ name. As Christ shared in their joy, he gave them an even more important cause to rejoice: “But don’t be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Beloved, just as Jesus’ disciples were fortunate to see and hear what Christ was doing, so are we who are members of God’s kingdom. We do not see Christ in flesh but we can boast of his power and miracles in our daily lives, even in our darkest hours of our lives. This is what we are called to embrace and uphold – a life full of joy, faith and confidence amidst the sorrows of life.
Christ wants to rejoice over us and be proud of us. He does not look down on us because of our weaknesses just as He did not disregard his disciples who were unlearned. He loves us the way we are and readily wants to work in us so that through us people may acknowledge his power. He wants us to be joyful in our unique personalities and never become proud because of what He is doing through us or envious of what He is doing through others.
Today, Christ shows us how we can gladden his heart as we go on with our daily schedules. Are we working faithfully to make our names written in the book of life? Do you serve God in the Church without a true knowledge of why we are serving? What gladdens your heart and gives you an unwavering joy? Are you thirsty for God to fill you with his power and use you as his workmanship? God awaits a positive response from us each day as he wants us to happy and fulfilled in life. May heaven’s joy fill us today and forever. Amen.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, fill me with the joy that comes from your Spirit that I may rejoice in your great salvation. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 281 – Why do we yearn for happiness?
God placed in our hearts such an infinite desire for happiness that nothing can satisfy it but God himself. All earthly fulfillment gives us only a foretaste of eternal happiness. Above and beyond that, we should be drawn to God.
HIDE A TREASURE: “As fresh water brings joy to the thirsty, so God’s people rejoice when he saves them”. Isaiah 12:3 GNB
Today’s readings: Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Psalm 69:33-37; Luke 10:17-24