KNOWING JESUS

Monday, 8th February – Monday of week 5 of the Year
Reflection: Mark 6:53-56 KNOWING JESUS 

“It is he, Jesus Christ, the true life, who gives hope and purpose to our earthly existence”

        -Pope St. John Paul II

God never promised a smooth ride for his children but he assures us of a glorious destination. A life without this in mind will always be in fear and defeat from the adversary of our soul. This was why God sent his son to show us the way to our end, the truth about our calling as his children and the life of God himself who works his wonders in our lives.

Today’s reflection is centered on the power of God which is made manifest by an encounter with his Son Jesus Christ. Having fed the 5,000 men not counting on women in an earlier episode of the scripture that brought the people’s longing for Jesus in our reading, Jesus continued his mighty deeds in their lives by healing their diseases of various kinds. The people’s faith was so great that they knew only a touch on Jesus’ cloak would meet their needs. What an outbreak of Gods power in action. What made this possible was the fact that they knew who Jesus was. They had encountered him before and wanted more of his presence.

Our worship today is filled with liturgies that is making no impact on us because we have failed to leave the benchmark of our past experiences with Jesus and build a new and fresher one with him if we had one before. Are you seeking to encounter Jesus daily or are you contented with what you know about him? Beloved, knowing Jesus is eternal life and eternal life is our glorious destination. We will fully know and encounter him when we meet him but this is so tied to how well we desire to know him more daily. This is the greatest miracle we must desire and cherish. All other cares and worries only need his presence in our lives and they would bow to his power. Let us praise his glory and thirst to always renew our walk with God daily.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, fill my life with your presence. Let your power dispel my infirmities and heal me. Amen

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 10With Jesus Christ, has everything been said, or does revelation continue even after Him?

In Jesus Christ, God himself came to the earth. He is God’s last Word. By listening to Him, all men of all times can know who God is and what is necessary for their salvation.

HIDE A TREASURE: “….I am the Lord, the one who heals you” Exodus 15:26b GNB

Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 8:1-7.9-13; Ps. 132:6-7.8-10; Mark 6:53-56

KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH

Saturday, 1st February – Saturday of week 3 of the year

Reflection: 2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17

KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH

As children of God, it is certain that what keeps us going is that we know God is aware of us and wants us to be aware of Him always. We know that salvation came through Christ and the power to save us from all our foes rests in his hands. All these make up what we believe. However, if not experienced, this can neither be a testimony for us not can it bring us victory in our battles. This knowledge of God must not lie fallow in our lives but must generate a way of life which is lived and practiced.

Beloved, Jesus Christ often condemned the Pharisees and the Scribes because they were usually at the forefront of pointing accusing fingers to the wrongs of others but never cared about how their knowledge of the law could change their own lives. This was Prophet Nathan’s message to King David in our reading today.

to be reprimanded by God because he was not accountable for his word. “A servant who knows what master wants is and does not get ready to do it would be punished with a heavy whipping”. (James 1:22-24 also describes such hypocrisy. Thus, to witness for Christ requires a lifestyle of truth and a firm determination to constantly check any areas our lives which may not be in accordance with truth. A blind man cannot lead another blind man. Refusing to live the word of God belittles God’s grace in us which gives the ability to do His will.

Let us all learn from David who had Luke 12:47-48). To whom much is given, much is expected. Now that you know the truth, how happy you would be if you put in into practice. (John 13:17).

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, to know you as my Lord isn’t enough, help me to be a witness of the Gospel in words and deeds.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1802 – The word of God is a light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer, and put it into practice. This is how moral conscience is formed.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Now that you know the truth, how happy you would be if you put it into practice.” John 13:17 GNB

Readings for today: 2 Samuel 12:1-7.10-17; Psalm 51:12-17; Mark 4:35-41