NO SERVANT CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS

Saturday 7th November – Saturday of week 31 of the year

Reflection: Luke 16: 9-15

NO SERVANT CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS

St Paul, in his letter to Timothy says “No soldier in service gets entangled with civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him” (2 Tim 2:4). Faithfulness is a great gift; yet it is a virtue that is lacking amongst many of us today. Jesus says in today’s gospel reading: “If you are unfaithful with unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you true riches?”

Faithfulness cannot be partial; it is either “all” or “nothing”. How faithful are you to the gifts and blessings that God has entrusted to you? How faithful are you to commitments you have made to both man and God? Are you faithful in your dealings and relationships with fellow men or are you lacking in faithfulness? Today’s first reading gave an account of people who were faithful to their call in their own little way to the spread of the Gospel, they were great men and women who gave their input faithfully and were reckoned with. What can people say about your faithfulness and what can God say about your faithfulness? Is there a disparity in both recommendations? (Lk 16:15)

Today, God calls on you – John, Anthony, Justina, Charles, Theresa, Lucy, Chrisitiana…every one of us. He calls on us to live the faith so as to attain perfection. (Mt 5:48). Will you answer His call today?

PRAYER: Lord, please create in me a new heart that is committed and faithful to you always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 543 – The word of the Lord is compared to a seed which is sown in a field; those who hear it with faith and are numbered among the little flock of Christ have truly received the kingdom. Then, by its power, the seed sprouts and grows until the harvest.

HIDE A TREASURE: “I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I set your ordinances before me.” Psalm 119:30 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 16: 3-9, 16, 22-27; Psalm 144: 2-5, 10-11; Lk 16: 9-15

SEEKING TRUE BLESSINGS

Thursday 8th October – Thursday of week 27 of the year

Reflection: Malachi 3: 13-20

SEEKING TRUE BLESSINGS

The picture painted in today’s first reading mirrors the situation in our country today. Like the prophet said “…we have reached the point when we call the arrogant blessed; yes, they prosper, these evil-doers; they try God’s patience and yet go free.” (Mal 3:15). Corruption has become the order of the day and shows itself in a variety of ways, ranging from exam malpractice and “buying” of marks amongst young people and giving out bribes in order to get a gainful employment to the massive embezzlement of public funds by government officials that has crippled our economy and hindered development in our nation.

It has become a norm for students to seek out “expo” for exams and many have lost the desire for learning and the quest for knowledge that education brings. The temptation to join in this evil act reaches its peak when we see the apparent “success” of those who engage in such malpractice while the honest students struggle to barely pass the exams. Are we going to sacrifice our Christian faith because of the difficulty inherent in swimming against the tide of evil? Are we going to give up on our quest for holiness and join our counterparts in doing evil?

God reminds us today that true blessing is found not in wealth and success obtained through unrighteous means; rather true blessing comes from God and is reserved for those who truly fear Him. True blessings are for those whose names are written in God’s book of remembrance – those who fear Him and take refuge in His name (Mal 3:16). While worldly success offers transient happiness, true blessings bring lasting joy both in this world and for eternity. Beloved, make a decision today to follow the path of righteousness. Put your best into your studies and work and trust God with all your heart and like He has promised in today’s Psalm, “you will be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that yields its fruit in due season…and all that you do shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3)

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please strengthen me to follow the path of righteousness always and not be influence by the evil around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 455What does it mean to be truthful?

Truthfulness means that one acts sincerely and speaks honestly. The truthful individual guards against double-dealing, misrepresentation, malicious deception, and hypocrisy. The worst form of untruthfulness is perjury.

HIDE A TREASURE: “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.” Malachi 4:2 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Malachi 3: 13-20; Psalm 1: 1-6; Luke 11: 5-13

MAKE GOD YOUR CHOICE TODAY

Friday 21st August – Memorial of St Pius X, Pope

Reflection: Ruth 1: 1-6, 14-16, 22

MAKE GOD YOUR CHOICE TODAY

During the exchange of vows in holy matrimony, the couple chooses to stick with and love each other totally; through everything and with everything. In the presence of God and the Church; two people are joined and become one by choice and it might be right to say; that would be the second most important decision of their lives; second to only one decision – the decision to follow Christ. Have you made this most important choice?

In today’s first reading, Ruth had every justification to return to her people and her gods. But she chose to endure the famine with Naomi, her elderly widowed mother-in-law who had lost her sons. The death of Ruth’s husband did not make her rethink her commitment to him and that led her to an even greater choice: She chose to serve the living God even in hardship. Thus, becoming a model for us Christians.

Christ’s arms are always open to receive us as His children. He has made the ultimate sacrifice for us by His own freewill; giving up His life for our salvation. If we were baptised as infants, our parents made a choice of faith for us. Yet, after the age of reason, the Church offers us the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows and pledge our allegiance to God over and over again. Have we made the firm choice to love God with our whole hearts and follow Christ come what may? Ruth made the choice for the God of Israel and became privileged to be the great grandmother of King David and one of the only three women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ. Make God your choice today and see the great things He is willing to do through you.

PRAYER: Lord, give me strength to stick with you come what may. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 25 Why does the faith require definitions and formulas?

Faith is not about empty words but about reality. In the Church, condensed formulas of faith developed over the course of time; with their help we can contemplate, express, learn, hand on, celebrate, and live out this reality.

HIDE A TREASURE: “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life that you and your descendants may live, loving Yahweh, listening to his voice, and being one with him. In this is life for you and length of days in the land which Yahweh swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30: 19-20 RSV-CE

Today’s readings: Ruth 1:1.3-6.14-16.22; Psalm 146:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40

LET EACH RUN HIS COURSE DILIGENTLY

Wednesday 19th August: Wednesday of week 20 in Ordinary Time

LET EACH RUN HIS COURSE DILIGENTLY

Matthew 20:1-16

Great is the love of our Heavenly Father who sacrificed His only begotten son so that you and I might be saved (John 3: 16). Though our Lord Jesus Christ through His death paid the full price for our salvation, it nevertheless remains the choice of each and every one of us to either accept or reject the gift of Divine life offered us. While some start up early with the Lord, some do not embrace the call to salvation until the noon or twilight of their life. It is however more beneficial to come to know God early in life, to minimize the risk of making costly mistakes in life that could lead to future heartache and regret (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

The Gospel reading gives a glimpse of the magnanimity of God’s love. He constantly seeks to bring to the fold of His flock all who are yet to accept His Lordship over their lives. This should be an encouragement for us never to lose hope on the salvation of any one no matter how wayward their current way of life seems to be. Saint Monica never gave up on her son Augustine despite the depth of his waywardness. Through years of unrelenting intercession the bright light of conversion eventually shone in his heart. So deep was his conversion that the sinner was transformed into a prominent Saint in the Church.

Dearest in Christ, as we are encouraged never to lose hope on anyone, so are we equally admonished to keep watch over ourselves. No matter how long we have been living out our committment to Christ, of greater importance is the state of our relationship with God at the point our departure from this world, (Ezekiel 18:21-29). Let each of us run the course of faith diligently that the first might not end up being the last (Matt. 20: 16; 1Tim 4:16). God help us. Amen.

PRAYER: Help me Lord, that having come to know you, I may never forsake you but rather serve you till I see you in Heaven. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 294: Is someone a sinner if he experiences strong passions within himself?

No, passions can be very valuable. They are designed to lead to and reinforce good actions; only when they are disordered do the passions contribute to evil.
Passions that are ordered to the good become virtues. They then become the motive force of a life of fighting for love and justice. Passions that overpower a person, rob him of his freedom and entice him to evil, we call vice. 

Hide a treasure: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on the last Day, and not to only me but also to all who have loved his appearing”  1 Tim. 4: 7-8 RSV-CE

Today’s readings: Judges 9: 6-15; Psalm 21: 2-7 Matthew 20: 1-16