WHAT KIND OF BELIEVER ARE YOU?

Monday 18th May – Monday of the 7th week Eastertide

Reflection: Acts 19: 1-8

WHAT KIND OF BELIEVER ARE YOU?

Every religion in the world has doctrines which must be accepted by anyone who professes it. Our Christian faith, being a newness of life drawn from a union with Christ requires an even deeper profession. True Christians are recognized by the fruits of the Holy Spirit which they manifest in their daily life (Mt 7:16, Gal 5:22).

At Ephesus, St. Paul met twelve people who professed to be believers but immediately noticed there was something missing in their faith; they lacked a manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit whom they unfortunately had no knowledge of. What does your way of life portray? Does it manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit in you? You have received the Holy Spirit at baptism. Do you cooperate with Him and allow your life to be controlled by Him?

Dear friend, our profession of faith in Christ would be complete only when we manifest the divine life of Christ. Jesus tells us that certain signs would follow believers (Mk 16:17) and they would be identified because of their sacrificial love (Jn 13:34-35). Our Christianity would be mechanical and devoid of its life-transforming power without the breath of the Holy Spirit. Today, ask the Holy Spirit to renew you and lead you to live a true Christian life.

PRAYER: Come Holy Spirit, fill my heart; enkindle in me the fire of Your love. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 203 –What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism receives the strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness ad self-control; against such there is no law” Galatians 5: 22-23 RSV-CE.

Readings for Today: Acts 19: 1-8; Psalm 68: 2-7; John 16: 29-33

HAVE YOU BEEN PRUNED?

Sunday 3rd May – 5th Sunday of Easter.

Reflection: John 15:1-8

HAVE YOU BEEN PRUNED?

You may wonder what it means for a human being to be pruned. It simply means allowing oneself to be tested and purified.  Beloved, without purification we will be unable to attain a good height in both our spiritual and physical lives. This is indeed a hard saying, not so? But it is true! Jesus tells us today that “the branch that bears fruit will be pruned so that it can bear more fruit.” (John 15:2).

If you have ever sustained a wound that required dressing by a health worker then you have some understanding of what it means to be pruned. Cleaning the wound is often a very painful process but the aftermath is a wound free of germs so as to accelerate healing. This is can serve as a good illustration to Jesus’ words on our need to be pruned in order to bear more fruit.

How does the pruning occur in the life of a child of God? It is by allowing God access into your heart when you read His word in Scripture; when you read the Bible not just for information, but for transformation (John 15:3). Transformation is not an easy process because it demands that you let go of worldly attachments and habits you love so much so as to become better and holier. Hence beloved, don’t run away when the Word of God is challenging you, rather allow it to change you for your own good.

PRAYER: Dear Father, please prune me so that I can die to my selfishness and may bear more fruits of righteousness. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2706: “To meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with ourselves. Here, another book is opened, the book of life. We pass from thoughts to reality.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword…It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 GNB.

Today’s Readings:  Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22: 26-32; 1Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8.