PREPARED FOR A MISSION


Wednesday 15th July – Memorial of St Bonaventure, Bishop & Doctor

PREPARED FOR A MISSION

Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12

None of us is here on earth by accident; we are all creatures of purpose (Jeremiah 1: 5; Isaiah 49:1). No matter the circumstances of our birth or difficulty surrounding our lives we can take consolation in the abiding truth that the Almighty God willed our being. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139: 13-16), created to show forth the praise of God on earth (1 Peter 2: 9). Despite the good purpose of God for us all, we however cannot fully attain this except we walk with Him in absolute dependence – this demands great humility, faith and obedience.

We can readily see the above play out in the life of Moses. Baby Moses had it rough, Pharaoh was after the life of Hebrew male babies born around His birth (Exodus 1: 15-22). His mother had to hide him for three months ( Exodus 2:1) before God in His amazing plan eventually had him to be raised by the daughter of the very Pharaoh who was after His life ( Exodus 2: 3-10). Having received the best education of his time (Act 7: 22) and raised on royal privileges, Moses considered himself fit and ready to liberate his people. In defence of a Hebrew, he murdered an Egyptian (Exodus 2: 11-15). This made him a fugitive for the next forty years (Acts 7: 23-30). Having lost His royal privileges, he had to live with and work for his father in-law. I consider this a pruning time for Moses during which God worked on him to refine him for his primary assignment in life. He was so pruned that the scripture later referred to him as the meekest man on earth (Number 12:3)!

Beloved in Christ, take a look at the heroes of our faith (Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, Elijah, Peter etc.), you see the trend of God working on each of them to refine them for his glorious use. Dear friend, what is the circumstance of your birth or background? Are you going through the pruning process and it appears God is cutting off you all forms of support other than Himself? Are there habits or character flaws God is correcting in you through the situations He has been taking you through lately? Let us fully yield ourselves to Him. Until we die to self, we cannot truly live for God (John 12: 24-26). He gives grace to the humble but opposes the proud (James 4:6).

PRAYER: Father, I acknowledge my nothingness without you. Please prune me; cut away from me all that you do not want in me. Help me to cooperate with your grace that I may live out your primary purpose for my life.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2847 – The Holy Spirit makes us discern between trials, which are necessary for the growth of the inner man, and temptation, which leads to sin and death. We must also discern between being tempted, and consenting to temptation.

HIDE A TREASURE: “My son, if you come forward to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for temptation” Sirach 2:1 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12; Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7; Matthew 11:25-27

HAVE YOU BEEN PRUNED?

Sunday 3rd May – 5th Sunday of Easter.

Reflection: John 15:1-8

HAVE YOU BEEN PRUNED?

You may wonder what it means for a human being to be pruned. It simply means allowing oneself to be tested and purified.  Beloved, without purification we will be unable to attain a good height in both our spiritual and physical lives. This is indeed a hard saying, not so? But it is true! Jesus tells us today that “the branch that bears fruit will be pruned so that it can bear more fruit.” (John 15:2).

If you have ever sustained a wound that required dressing by a health worker then you have some understanding of what it means to be pruned. Cleaning the wound is often a very painful process but the aftermath is a wound free of germs so as to accelerate healing. This is can serve as a good illustration to Jesus’ words on our need to be pruned in order to bear more fruit.

How does the pruning occur in the life of a child of God? It is by allowing God access into your heart when you read His word in Scripture; when you read the Bible not just for information, but for transformation (John 15:3). Transformation is not an easy process because it demands that you let go of worldly attachments and habits you love so much so as to become better and holier. Hence beloved, don’t run away when the Word of God is challenging you, rather allow it to change you for your own good.

PRAYER: Dear Father, please prune me so that I can die to my selfishness and may bear more fruits of righteousness. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2706: “To meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with ourselves. Here, another book is opened, the book of life. We pass from thoughts to reality.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword…It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 GNB.

Today’s Readings:  Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22: 26-32; 1Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8.