NEW THINGS HAVE COME

Monday, 16th March – Monday of the 4th week of Lent

Reflection: Isaiah 65:17-21

NEW THINGS HAVE COME

Today, the Lord gives us a promise of newness. Newness signifies a fresh start, a blank page on which there are no memories of past errors or experiences. He promises a renewal to the people called by His name; replacing their grief with joy, lengthening their days on earth and blessing their hard work with fulfilment.

Dear friend, has life been tough on you? Have you been miserably battered by your past and find yourself dwelling on memories that bring you deep hurt? You do not have to continue living this way. God calls out to you, ready to give you a new beginning if only you would allow Him. Jesus is saying to you: “come unto me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest…and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28).

Beloved, do you wish to be a partaker of these blessings? What is keeping you back? Take it all to the Lord with all humility and faith in Him and new testimonies shall be yours.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I submit myself to you. Please renew me; take away all past hurts and grant me a new life in you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 221 – How does Holy Communion change me?

Every Holy Communion unites me more deeply with Christ, makes me a living member of the Body of Christ, renews the graces that I received in Baptism and Confirmation, and fortifies me for the battle against sin.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Isaiah 65:17-21; Psalm 30: 2-6, 11-13; John 4:23-54

A HAPPY ENDING

Wednesday 31st December – 7th day within the octave of Christmas

Reflection: Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13

A HAPPY ENDING

After a journey of 365 days in the year 2014, what more can we do but give thanks to God for his unending love and faithfulness to us all throughout the year? It is a great privilege to count your blessings and remember the goodness and mercy of God through the happy and sad moments that we have encountered in the year 2014. Think less of what you would have loved to accomplish this passing year and thank God for what you have been able to do. Lift him high in praise and worship. Find some moments today to reflect over the past year, and rejoice in thanksgiving as you look forward to the beginning of the New Year.

Dear friends, the scripture says that the end of anything is better than its beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Hence we must heed the psalmist today as he calls us to: “Sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord all the world” (Psalm 96:1). Just as a pregnant woman rejoices when she finally gives birth to her child, so must we enter the New Year with joy as we hope for a good start. Make a choice to be happy and let the Spirit of truth lead you to make right decisions and conclusions for whatever plans you have. A happy ending would always usher in a note of peace, a sign of freedom from worry and a platform for the presence of God’s spirit. Be determined to finish strong by letting go strongholds of malice, depression, self-pity and all that weighs you down. Today can still make a difference in this passing year.

So be at your duty post today no matter how little it may be. Do everything out of love. Remember also that life is a pilgrimage the end of which must come one day. Keep focused and live well so as to die well.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for seeing through me another year, help me to remain united to you as long as I live. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 186What is the liturgical year (the Church year)?

The liturgical year, or the Church year, superimposes the mysteries of the life of Christ—from his Incarnation to his second coming in glory—on the normal course of the year. The liturgical year begins with Advent, the time of waiting for the Lord, and has its first high point in the Christmas season and its second, even greater climax in the celebration of the redemptive suffering, death, and Resurrection of Christ at Easter. The Easter season ends with the feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church. The liturgical year is repeatedly interrupted by feasts of Mary and the saints, in which the Church praises God’s grace, which has led mankind to salvation.

HIDE A TREASURE: “You would do everything you have promised; Lord, your love is eternal. Complete the work that you have begun”. Psalm 138:8 GNB

Readings for Today: 1 John 2:18-21, Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13, John 1:1-18

THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL


Saturday 27th December – Feast of St. John, Apostle & Evangelist.

Reflection: 1 John 1:1-4

THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

The Church celebrates today, an icon of the Gospel – St John the Evangelist, who, according to tradition, was the only Apostle of Christ that died a natural death. All others were martyred. He preached love in his letters and lived the gospel with joy, a joy he was ever ready to share. The “beloved Apostle”, as he is called, John’s humility is manifest in the Gospel reading of today (John 20:2-8) as he waited for Peter to enter the tomb of their master before he did. He gives us an example of humility which we all are called to embrace.

The word of life in today’s reading is the word made flesh (John 1:14), Jesus Christ our Lord. He is the reason for our life of joy and victory. He is the one we meet every day in prayer and in the Sacraments. We meet him at our working place and in our schools, in the market and on the streets. Do we recognize him? Do we deliberately create an atmosphere of love amidst hatred where Jesus’ presence can be felt? Beloved, Jesus is alive and he desires our active participation in his ministry to put smiles on the faces of those around us.

The Apostles may have seen and touched Jesus during his earthy ministry but we too are blessed because we believe in Him even without seeing Him (John 20:29) and are united in faith with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, let us embrace the life of joy and peace which Christ brings. We must choose to live out the gospel and never be ashamed to experience the transformation it brings. (Romans 1:16). St John was able to share the joy of the gospel because He encountered Christ personally. Let us encounter Him in prayer, in His word and in the Eucharist; let us draw living water from the word of God each day to quench our thirst and fill our lives so that we can share the joy of the gospel with our neighbors. Only then is our joy is made complete.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please fill my life with your presence that I may overflow with the joy of your saving grace to others. Amen,

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 124 – The word of God, which is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, is set forth and displays its power in a most wonderful way in the writings of the New Testament which hand on the ultimate truth of God’s revelation. Their central object is Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son: his acts, teachings, Passion and glorification, and his Church’s beginnings under the Spirit’s guidance.

HIDE A TREASURE: “How happy are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20:29 GNB

Readings for Today: 1 John 1:1-4; Psalm 96:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; John 20: 2-8