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

EPIPHANY (Manifestation)

Sunday 3rd January – Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Reflection: Isaiah 60:1-6

EPIPHANY (Manifestation)

Happy Sunday, beloved in Christ. The joy of the new born King, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour is certainly the dawn of a new dispensation and should call our attention to what is expected to happen in our lives as followers of Christ. Just as the prophet Isaiah admonished us not to cling to the events of the past (Isaiah 43:18-19), let us move forward to a reality and manifestation of the powerful presence of Christ amidst us by living a life that reflects him.

Dear friend, to arise and shine just as the motto of CYON says is not an option or a function of strength which our youthful nature always likes to showcase. The origin and source of our light is Christ. It is the light of Christ that shines (Isaiah 60:2). This is the reason why we have no option but to be radiant. Since it is God’s who chose us to shine, then you can be assured that shining this light is eternal as long as we abide in his presence. You can be a carrier of Christ wherever you are by always creating an atmosphere of love, peace and Christ-like affection especially in places where people have lost touch of God’s love and have sunk deeply into malice and other evil manifestations.

Be determined to make a change and to be different for Christ everywhere you find yourself. Above all, your light must draw others to Christ just as the star drew the three wise men from the East to the new born King (Matthew 2:2). Christ’s manifestation in our lives must be a testimony to others and must endure through all seasons of life. That is the glory of God shown through his creatures.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, in your light I see light, help me to always manifest your glorious presence. May your light in me never dim but continue to shine brighter and brighter as long as I live. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 205 – What happens in Confirmation?

In confirmation, the soul of a baptized Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this individual forever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above in which this individual puts the grace of his Baptism into practice through his life and acts as a “witness” for Christ.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Arise, Shine; for your light has come, and glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1 RSV-CE

Readings for today: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72, Ephesians 3:2-6, Matthew 2:1-12

DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Thursday 26th March – Thursday of the 5th week of Lent

Reflection: John 8: 51-59

DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Do you know the President of your country? Your response is certainly “Yes! I do”. Let’s take another question: Do you know your mother? Sure, you certainly know your mother! But, I am certain that you know your mother in a different way; you know her character, likes and dislikes,  favourite food, clothing, movie, music etc. This is because you have lived with her and so know her in an intimate way. Though you know your country’s president, you probably just know his name, maybe his background and nothing more because you have no personal relationship with Him. You simply know about him rather than know him.

Many of us claim to know God. We would be just as offended as the Jews in today’s reading if someone says we don’t know God like Jesus told the Jews: “my glory is conferred by the Father, by the one of whom you say, “He is our God” although you do not know Him…” (John 8: 54-55). But did they really know God? If they did, would they not have recognized and accepted the Christ just as Simeon and Hannah recognized the Baby Jesus in the temple?

Dear friend, God desires that you and I know Him. We are not merely His creatures; we are His beloved children through our Baptism. He created us to know Him, love Him, serve Him in this world and be with Him eternally. We can only love and serve God truly when we know Him. Do you seek to know God? He is always ready to reveal Himself to you through Scriptures, in prayer, in every day events, in the Eucharist…but are you willing to spend time with Him? God is ever calling you to Himself, make a decision this season to spend more time with God and you will truly come to know Him.

PRAYER: Lord, I desire to know you! Please help me to develop an intimate friendship with you by responding to your call to be alone with you and may I grow in my knowledge and love for you through this. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 7 – Why did God have to show himself in order for us to be able to know what he is like?

Man can know by reason that God exists, but not what God is really like. Yet because God would very much like to be known, he has revealed himself.

HIDE A TREASURE: “I am the good shepherd, I know my own and my own know me” John 10:14 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Genesis 17: 3-9; Psalm 105: 4-9; John 8: 51-59

THE LORD’S CONFIDANTS

Tuesday 1st July – Tuesday of week 13 of the year

Reflection: Amos 3: 1-8, 4: 11-12

THE LORD’S CONFIDANTS

We live in an information age, and the level of information we have access to considerably affect the quality of our lives. The advancement in InfoTech and Telecom readily avails us of a whole lot of information. However, despite the increased fluidity and accessibility of information across the globe, some information remained tagged as classified (i.e. Top Secrets); especially when it concerns governance, trade and security of nations and corporations.  Access to such sensitive information remains the exclusive reserve of a few, based on position, trust, and allegiance.

Dear friend, the above illustrates some spiritual facts: that God the creator of heaven and earth holds some information classified (Deuteronomy 29: 29; Psalm 25:14); that how much of it we know significantly impact our lives (Genesis 41; 2 Kings 6: 8-23); that at His prerogative, God confides and reveals some secrets to us children on men; that you and I can position ourselves to be beneficiaries of this expression of God’s graciousness and love.

“The sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets.” (Amos 3:7). An attestation of this is the Lord’s revelation to Abraham of His plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18: 16-33). Beloved in Christ, by the virtue of our baptism, we have been made Priest, Prophet and King (CCC 783, 1241) of the sovereign God. The extent to which we embrace this truth and walk in friendliness, love and obedience to God will determine how much He can commit to our trust.

Do you have issues bothering your mind? Matters that appear only God can provide answers to. Go to God in prayer! It is neither the desire of God nor is it in our best interest to be looking for a God that is not missing from one mountain to the other, denomination to the other or spiritual house to another. God is not a respecter of person (Act 10: 34-35), He confides, directs and blesses all who sincerely seek Him and hope in His mercy.

Prayer: Dear Father, please draw me closer to you that my heart may be opened to all that you have in stock for me.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 54 & 55 –God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. This revelation is not broken off by our first parents’ sin. “After the fall [God] buoyed them up with the hope of salvation, by promising redemption; and he has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessings from the Lord, and vindication from the God of his salvation” Psalm 24: 3-5RSV- CE

Readings for today: Amos 3: 1-8, 4: 11-12; Psalm 5: 5-8; Matthew 8: 23-27