YOU DON’T NEED A ‘PLAN B’ FOR GOD

Thursday 4th February – Thursday of week 4 of the year

Reflection: Mark 6: 7-9

YOU DON’T NEED A ‘PLAN B’ FOR GOD

Ranging from producing duplicate files as back-ups for ‘cloud storage’, to preparing back-up strategies for business projects and military campaigns; a human culture of mistrust, ‘the Plan B’, has taken very attractive covers. Yet, this cover does not hold up in relationships. Relationships between humans; which are only imperfect duplicates of what our relationship with God should be, grow on total trust. No one in any ‘serious relationship’ wants to be easily dispensable or worse, be just a back-up plan for someone else, and so too, our jealous loving Father.

Christ had prepared the first missionaries to reach out to God’s people; with power and grace that was more than sufficient for the task. He, however ordered them to travel without back-up materials, and in this taught them to trust completely in God’s provision. When God has promised to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4: 19); we should never devise means of ‘cutting corners’, while we wait patiently on God.

Friend in Christ, too often, though we have all we need in God; who never fails, yet we prepare back-up plans just in case God fails, even before we ask Him for anything. It is even worse, when we keep God as our back-up plan; in case we fail in ‘cutting corners’. God had shown us what perfect trust is: after loving us with everything even to giving up His Son for our salvation; He still patiently waits and calls His prodigal children back to Himself, trusting that someday we would appreciate his sacrifice as many times as we ignore it. He, who trusts us so much, deserves that we trust Him with all our heart.

PRAYER: Father, You are all I have and all need, teach me that your grace is sufficient for me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 407 – Why is the Church against premarital sexual relations?

The Church is against such relations, because she would like to protect love. A person can give someone else no greater gift than himself. “I love you” means for both: “I want only you, I want all that you are, and I want to give myself to you forever!” Because that is so, we cannot, even with our bodies, really say “I love you” temporarily or on a trial basis.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Youth may grow tired and faint, young men will stumble and fall, but those who trust in Yahweh will renew their strength. They will soar as with eagle’s wings; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and never tire.” Isaiah 40: 30-31 RSV-CE

 

Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 2: 1-4, 10-12; 1 Chronicles 29: 10-12; Mark 6: 7-13

HEAVEN’S JOY

Saturday 3rd October – Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Virgin & Doctor

Reflection: Luke 10:17-24

HEAVEN’S JOY

Man is so great that nothing on earth satisfy him. Only when he turns to God is he content. St. John Vianney.

These words of John Vianney describes the joy of Jesus’ seventy-two disciples on their return from mission. They were overwhelmed by what they did through Jesus’ name. As Christ shared in their joy, he gave them an even more important cause to rejoice: “But don’t be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Beloved, just as Jesus’ disciples were fortunate to see and hear what Christ was doing, so are we who are members of God’s kingdom. We do not see Christ in flesh but we can boast of his power and miracles in our daily lives, even in our darkest hours of our lives. This is what we are called to embrace and uphold – a life full of joy, faith and confidence amidst the sorrows of life.

Christ wants to rejoice over us and be proud of us. He does not look down on us because of our weaknesses just as He did not disregard his disciples who were unlearned. He loves us the way we are and readily wants to work in us so that through us people may acknowledge his power. He wants us to be joyful in our unique personalities and never become proud because of what He is doing through us or envious of what He is doing through others.

Today, Christ shows us how we can gladden his heart as we go on with our daily schedules. Are we working faithfully to make our names written in the book of life? Do you serve God in the Church without a true knowledge of why we are serving? What gladdens your heart and gives you an unwavering joy? Are you thirsty for God to fill you with his power and use you as his workmanship?  God awaits a positive response from us each day as he wants us to happy and fulfilled in life. May heaven’s joy fill us today and forever. Amen.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, fill me with the joy that comes from your Spirit that I may rejoice in your great salvation. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 281 – Why do we yearn for happiness?

God placed in our hearts such an infinite desire for happiness that nothing can satisfy it but God himself. All earthly fulfillment gives us only a foretaste of eternal happiness. Above and beyond that, we should be drawn to God.

HIDE A TREASURE: “As fresh water brings joy to the thirsty, so God’s people rejoice when he saves them”. Isaiah 12:3 GNB

Today’s readings: Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Psalm 69:33-37; Luke 10:17-24