GOD’S PLAN NEVER FAILS

 

Tuesday 19th January – Tuesday of Week 2 of the Year

Reflection: 1 Samuel 16:1-3

GOD’S PLAN NEVER FAILS

God’s word to the Prophet Samuel in our reading today is apt for the ministry of the Church and Gods plan for the salvation of souls. The gate of hades would not prevail over the Church of Christ because that is God’s plan for redemption. This is not limited or determined by any human standard or the norm of the society in which we find ourselves. An example is the resignation of Emeritus Pope Benedict whose action was criticized by man but eventually lead to a deeper understanding of what the Church stands for. Elijah was replaced by Elisha, Moses by Joshua etc. God would not waste any time to see that his plan continues to be established.

Beloved in Christ, God’s action for prompt replacement of King Saul should jeer us up on our faithfulness and commitment to God. We must offer our best for God and live in accordance with His precepts. God cannot change and so His plans cannot fail. The little he entrusts to us must be cherished and used for his glory. Let us draw our mind back to the parable of the three servant who were given gold coins with respect to their ability (Matt. 25:14-30). The servant who was not fruitful with his gold coins was denied of his coins and this was credited to the faithful servant. This should intimate us that whatever we have comes from God and we are a privileged treasurer of God’s gift. The good news is that we all are in God’s plan which can never fails but we must strive to remain in it. Anything that will hinder us from surrendering our plans to God for his will to manifest should be parted with. This could be our friends, our blood relations or even, our self-ambitions.

God is looking for reliable servants who would take on courage and withstand the devils tricks by depending on him. Our faith must be deeply rooted in Christ and not on any Priest or Pastor. Faithful is he who has called you to embrace his plan for our benefit and for his glory.

 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I do not want to be a cast away. I surrender my plans to your will. Use me as you please and perfect your plans in my life. Amen

YOUCAT 137: Why is the Church called apostolic?

The Church is called apostolic because she was founded by the apostles, holds fast to their tradition, and is governed by their successors.

HIDE A TREASURE: “If we are not faithful, he remains faithful, because he cannot be false to himself” 2 Tim 2:13 (GNB)

Readings of Today: 1 Sam. 16:1-3; Ps89:20, 21-22, 27-28; Mark 2:23-28

DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS REJECTION

Monday 18th January – Monday of Week 2 of the Year

Reflection: 1 Samuel 15:16-23

DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS REJECTION

Because you rejected the Lord’s command, He has rejected you as King” 1 Sam 16:23

Today’s reflections has more eternal consequences than we may have imagined. It is something which affects our daily lives as Christians who are eager to please God. God trains us his beloved children to wholeheartedly follow his dictates, to trust his designs and judgment. This he puts to us by giving us his word in every situation we find ourselves. How great would it be if we never consider our senses and intuition when obeying God. Disobedience brings rejection, Obedience aligns our sacrifice to God’s will. (Is 1:19)

Today’s first reading shows us an example of a “partial” obedience to God’s command. King Saul and his men wanted to apply human wisdom to compliment God’s commands but didn’t know that it was out of place. This made Saul to be rejected as King by God (1Samuel 15:23b). Sometimes, our good intentions towards a plan can be opposed to God’s will and purpose. The Scriptures says that His ways are not ours and what seems to be Gods foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. (1 Cor 1:25). Therefore, our love for God must be unison with obedience to his commands. We must pray for grace to follow this part of self-denial and total surrender his word.

As we continue our journey in this year of Mercy, let us be conscious of our deeds and actions and humbly ask God to lead us and make us walk in his love. Let us not forget that it is our love for God that gives us an unconditional obedience to his commands as Christ tells us: “if you love me you would obey my commandments” (John 14:15). This love is what St. Paul gives as the greatest gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 13:3). Beloved, rejection by God while on earth can still meet with God’s mercy by our reconciling with him but we must be ready always for the last day so that we do not hear the words: “I never knew you, Get away from me, you wicked people” (Matt. 7:23b).

 PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to know what pleases you and grant prompt obedience without any reservation to your commands. Amen

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 67 – What is sin?

At the core of sin is a rejection of God and the refusal to accept his love. This is manifested in a disregard for his commandments.

HIDE A TREASURE: “It is better to obey him than to sacrifice the best sheep to him”. 1 Samuel 15:22b GNB

Today’s Readings: 1 Samuel 15:16-23; Psalm 50:8-9, 16c-17, 21&23; Mark 2:18-22

TRUSTING GOD’S REIGN

Friday 15th January – Friday of week 1 of the year                                             

Reflection: 1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22               

TRUSTING GOD’S REIGN

“We want a king, so that we in our turn can be like the other nations.” This was the request of the Israelites today as they rejected God declaring: “our (new) king shall rule us and be our leader and fight our battles.” Most times we ourselves utter these words and reject the living God, we choose other gods – money, self-indulgence, pride, etc. to rule in us and lead us – because we are in darkness and our eyes have been blinded  (2 Cor. 4:3-4) from seeing the light of the gospel in Christ Jesus (John 1:4-5).

The consequences of such acts of rejection or of not seeing what God is doing are contained in the first reading of today (1 Samuel 8:10-22). Let us pray today like St. Paul that ‘may the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our minds, so that we can see what hope His call holds for us’ and so we may exclaim just like the Jews that we have never seen anything like this and declare like the Psalmist: “O Lord, who are the glory of my strength, by your favour our might is exalted.” Amen

PRAYER: Open the eyes of my heart, oh Lord, let me see and know You more. Amen. (Ephesians 1:17-20)

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 277: God shows forth his almighty power by converting us from our sins and restoring us to his friendship by grace. “God, you show your almighty power above all in your mercy and forgiveness…”

HIDE A TREASURE: “For He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight, the mystery of His will, according to His purpose which He sets forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time”. Ephesians 1:9-10a RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: 1 Samuel 8: 4-7, 10-22; Psalm 89: 16-19; Mk 2: 1-12