WHAT ARE YOU CLINGING TO?

Tuesday 20th January – Feast of Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

Reflection: Philippians 2: 1-11

WHAT ARE YOU CLINGING TO?

His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave…” (Philippians 2: 6-7)

The mystery of the incarnation continually baffles man through the centuries. To think of the immense love that led God to come and live amongst us as man is indeed very puzzling. However, it is not enough to simply reflect on God’s love. It is more important to imitate that love – to return love for love; loving God and our neighbour in response to the love His has shown to us (1 John 4:19).

In today’s first reading, St Paul reminds us that Christ did not cling to His equality with God, but emptied Himself. As human beings we tend to hold tightly to our possessions. The desire for permanent comfort and fear of future lack often prevents us from letting go of that which we have be it wealth, position, power, privilege, fame etc. Man tends to hold tightly to whatever good he possesses, often times to the detriment of himself and his neighbour. What are you clinging to? What are you holding on to so tightly that is preventing you from seeing the needs of those around you?

Dear friends, it is only when we let go of an unhealthy attachment to mundane things that we can empty ourselves like Christ. It is only when we do not allow our possessions to possess us that we can truly humble ourselves and treat others with love and compassion. Only then would we be able to look out for the interest of others and consider others better than ourselves as St Paul admonishes us to today (Philippians 2: 3-4). Today, let go of that which you are clinging to and let the love of Christ shine through you to all.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for loving me so much. Please free me from all worldly attachment that I may extend the love you have shown me to those around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2779 – Before we make our own this first exclamation of the Lord’s Prayer, we must humbly cleanse our hearts of certain false images drawn “from this world”. Humility makes us recognise that “no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to who the son chooses to reveal him,” that is, “to little children.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Philippians 2: 1-11; Isaiah 12 (canticle); Matthew 13: 44-46

LETTING GO OF THE PAST

Monday 19th January – Monday of week 2 of the year

Reflection: Mark 2: 18-22

LETTING GO OF THE PAST

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.”  Hermann Hesse

As kids, we all had favourite dresses, toys, bags, plates and even chairs and perhaps some of us, after having outgrown them still try hard to fit ourselves into them until we destroy them and they become useless. The older we get the more experience we acquire and the more of memories we have of both good and bad. Remember, that there is time for sorrow, time for joy, time for mourning and time for dancing (Ecclesiastes 3: 4).

It is very easy for us to stick to bad memories but each time we do that it hurts. Therefore, let us learn to look back even more at all the good and joyous moments we have experienced and thank God for them. Let us see the good and the bad as God’s way of making us learn and forming us into whom He wants us to be. Christ says: “nobody puts a new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins and the wine is lost and the skin too. No! New wine, fresh skins! (Mark 2:22).

Beloved, it is time for us to get new skins for our fresh wine. God has great things in store for us, yet if we do not let go of the past and trust in His abundant grace, we may be unable to enjoy the blessings He has for us. Let us accept this grace and change our lives.

Remember that you cannot reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junks!

PRAYER: Help me lord to let go of my past tormenting memories and trust in your ever abundant grace to make my life beautiful. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 524 – What does it mean to say, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”?
Merciful forgiveness – the mercy that we show to others and the mercy that we ourselves seek – is indivisible. If we ourselves are not merciful and do not forgive one another, God’s mercy will not reach our hearts.
The deep blockade of being unreconciled is resolved only by looking to God, who adopted us “while we were yet sinners.”

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? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43: 18-19 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Hebrews 5: 1-10; Psalm 110: 1-4; Mark 2: 18-22