DISCOVERING TRUE WISDOM

Friday 13th November – Friday of week 32 of the year

Reflection: Wisdom 13:1-9

DISCOVERING TRUE WISDOM

Have you ever imagined how your internal organs work? Have you ever imagined the greatness of the mind that keeps nature in perfect order? As you appreciate the creative power of the human mind, does it ever lead you to contemplate the power of the Creator himself? If we truly take time to reflect on all this, we cannot but agree with the first reading that it is great foolishness to appreciate and adore the creation of God more than God himself?

It is agreed that the beauty of creation is unimaginable yet quite alarming that many young people today, in a bid to seeking power, wealth and knowledge have given out their souls to small gods; gods like fellow human beings who are considered powerful and diabolical, non-living idols up to the extent of the worship of nature. They have now accepted to live in fear and terror rather than living as free-born just as God created them.

Beloved, seeking the truth and wisdom outside God is in vain. God is all in all. He that made the beautiful things of the world can make your life beautiful. Let the wonders and beauty of creation you encounter each day deepen your desire to seek God and live in obedience to Him.

PRAYER: Father, please give me the grace to always look up to at all times and to always know that you the living God. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 46 – When He listens to the message of creation and to the voice of conscience, man can arrive at certainty about the existence of God, the cause and the end of everything.

HIDE A TREASURE: Anyone who does not know God is simply foolish. Such people look at the good things around them and still fail to see the living God…” Wisdom 13:1 GNB

Today’s Readings: Wisdom 13:1-9; Psalm 19:2-5; Luke 17:26-37

I CAN DO ALL THINGS!

Wednesday, 22nd January – Wednesday of week 2

Reflection: 1 Samuel 17:32-37, 40-51

I CAN DO ALL THINGS!

Today’s reading recounts the story of how David, while in his youth and inexperienced in battle killed the Goliath, the philistine giant that threatened the Israelite army. Noteworthy in the account of this event is David’s unwavering reliance on God. The only reason he stood before the giant without fear was that he trusted that God would give the Philistine into his hands (2 Samuel 17:37, 45-46).

Dear young friend, are there challenges that beset you for which no way out seems feasible? Are there difficulties you face each day at school, work, home etc? David gives us an insight into how these problems can be solved. When we are faced with challenges or difficulties that seem overwhelming, we must look up to God to find the required grace, strength and direction. “Nothing is impossible for the one who believes”, Christ tells us.

Like David, you and I can find courage and direction if we trust absolutely in God and ask for His help as we face the challenges of life, we will find out that the seemingly impossible situation will give way as Christ strengthens us to do all things (Philippians 4:13).

PRAYER: My heavenly Father, please help me to trust in you wholeheartedly especially when faced with the challenges of life. May I find strength and courage in you always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: 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

“I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 RSV-CE

Readings for today: 1 Samuel 17:32-37, 40-51; Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10; Mark 3: 1-6