BE PERSISTENT

Thursday 28th May – Thursday of week 8 of the year

Reflection: Mark 10:46-52

BE PERSISTENT

An attitude of persistence in seeking God reveals a deep faith in Him. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus and all he was doing. Though his vision was impaired, his ears and minds were active and he sought an opportunity to meet Jesus. It was this faith that Jesus could heal him that made him keep shouting, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!”. Despite the discouragement he got from the people around he was not going to allow this opportunity to be healed pass him by. His persistence paid off – He got the Master’s attention and the healing he desired.

Beloved in Christ, what is your attitude to seeking God? What is your attitude to prayer? Our Lord is ever faithful. He is close to those who seek Him sincerely and perseveringly. Continue to seek God until He reveals himself to you. Do not give in to discouragement. He will definitely consider your request and bless you beyond your imagination. Let us apply this same attitude of perseverance in our day to day activities – at work, at school etc. Persist in speaking the truth, persist in doing what is right and you will be happy in the end.

PRAYER: Jesus, son of David! Have mercy on me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 515 Where do we get the confidence to call God “Father”?

We can be so bold as to address God as Father because Jesus has called us to a close relationship with himself and made us children of God. In communion with him, “who is in the bosom of the Father” (Jn 1:18), we are privileged to cry, “Abba, Father!”

HIDE A TREASURE: “He takes notice of our every thought and hears our every word.” Sirach 42:20 GNB

Today’s Readings: Sirach 42:15-26; Psalm 33:2-9; Mark 10:46-52

DON’T STOP, KEEP MOVING!

Saturday 2nd May – Memorial of St. Athanasius, Bishop &.Doctor

Reflection: Acts 13:44-52

DON’T STOP, KEEP MOVING!

My son, if you come forward to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials” Sirach 2:1

As long as you commit yourself to living in obedience and doing God’s work, you are bound to encounter opposition. Such was the plight of St. Athanasius, whose memorial we celebrate today. He was the Bishop of Alexandria in Egypt. During Athanasius’ reign as Bishop, he encountered great opposition from those who propagated a heresy known as Arianism (they were opposed to the doctrine of the Trinity). He stood firm in defending and preaching the truth about Christ’s divinity and by God’s grace, paved way for First Council of Nicaea, where the heresy was debunked and the truth of the Trinity affirmed.

In today’s reading, we see the apostles Paul and Barnabas being opposed when they stood out to preach the gospel to the people of Antioch in Pisidia. Scripture records here that in the midst of opposition, they stood firm and spoke out even more boldly about the faith they professed. Such should be our disposition when we encounter opposition in any aspect of our lives. Rather than allow yourself to be weighed down, say to yourself “I must keep moving” Rely solely on the grace of God, and you will overcome at the end.

PRAYER: Ask the Lord to fill you with His divine power so that you may not give up in difficult times.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC2471: “…In situations that require witness to the faith, the Christian must profess it without equivocation, after the example of Paul before his judges.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.” Philippians 4: 13 GNB

Today’s Readings: Acts 13:44-52; Psalm 98:1-4; John 14:7-14

PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE

Sunday 17th August – 20th Sunday of the year

Reflection: Matthew 15:21-28

PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE

In our Christian journey, we often need just a little patience and persistence in prayers for us to get what we need from God but we lose courage so easily, resorting to fate and believing that God does not want to answer our prayers.

The Canaanite woman in her encounter with Jesus today is a model for us to understand that God has listening ears for everybody irrespective of our weaknesses or strength. The Canaanite woman waited upon the Lord, she called unto Jesus until she received answers to her prayers. She was not discouraged by our Lord’s initial unfavourable answer. Persistence in prayers is an expression of great faith in God knowing that he alone can truly meet our needs. Behold, despite her unworthiness, her daughter was healed!

Beloved, when we seek God in prayers, let us not become discouraged by His seeming delays in granting our request(s). Let us not lose hope or become resentful, as God delays are never His denial. He knows the best time to attend to our situation. So, we must keep hope alive and continually petition Him until we have answers to our prayers (Isaiah 62: 6-7).

PRAYER: Almighty father, please give me the grace to be patient and persistent when I call upon you in time(s) of need. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 66Was it part of God’s plan for men to suffer and die?

God does not want men to suffer and die. God’s original idea for man was paradise: life forever and peace between God and man and their environment, between man and woman.

… Because sin crept in, Adam and Eve had to leave paradise, in which they were in harmony with each other and with God. The toil of work, suffering, mortality, and the temptation to sin are signs of this loss of paradise.

HIDE A TREASURE: “I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame!” Psalms 119: 31 RSV-CE

 Readings for today: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Psalm 67: 2-8; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28