WORTHY INSTRUMENTS

Wednesday 16th July – Wednesday of week 15 of the year.

Reflection: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16

WORTHY INSTRUMENTS

Our reading today describes how Assyria failed to recognize God’s hand working through her and this resulted in self-glorification. Such lack of recognition of God’s work through a person can lead to failure and bring and abrupt end to the successes such a person has experienced. Beloved in Christ, God’s choice upon our lives is not by merit but by his mercy and grace. This realization must always bring us back to our senses when tempted to boast of our achievements. “Whoever wants to boast must boast about what the Lord has done”. What the Lord does through us is product of our acceptance of his grace.

Pride is one of the deadly vices which can rob us of our blessings from God. No matter how great and useful one might have been in the work of the Gospel, pride can destroy such good record and leave the proud man with no reward from God. Even when people praise us for good works, let us never forget to return to return all glory to God who we are accountable to. He chose us and appointed us by his grace to go out and bear fruit. (John 15:16). Let us be worthy vessels for God, willing to live out the fullness of His plan for us. This can be done by surrendering our plans to him daily and allowing his Word to direct us. Our lives are in his hands. Let us allow him to use us as he pleases.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I rededicate myself to you daily, use me O Lord as you please. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 485Why should we adore God?

Every person who understands that he is God’s creature will humbly recognize the Almighty and adore him. Christian adoration, however, sees not only the greatness, omnipotence, and holiness of God. It also kneels before the divine Love that became man in Jesus Christ.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Whoever wants to boast must boast about what the Lord has done” 2Corinthians 10:17 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16; Psalm 94: 5-10, 14 -15; Matthew 11:25-27

BEWARE OF SELF GLORIFICATION

Monday 19th May – Monday of the 5th week of Easter

Reflection: Acts 14: 5-18

BEWARE OF SELF GLORIFICATION

God in his graciousness has given believers in Him the grace to do marvelous things beyond human explanation like working of miracles, healing, unimaginable expression of love, etc. It is this grace that was revealed through Paul and Barnabas at Lystra when they healed a crippled man who had been lame from birth. As children of God, when God gives us the ability to do great things, there is a tendency that other humans will want to glorify us for the things that God has done or is doing through us.

Just like the apostles today, we must act with understanding not to incur the wrath of God by taking the glory that belongs to Him (Deuteronomy 6:15). We need to enlighten others that every good gifts comes from God (James 1:17). We mortals are like instruments in His hands (2 Timothy 2:20-21), so all the glory must be returned to God.

It is idolatrous to glorify ourselves in the good things that God is doing through us and to refuse to return all praises to Him. Idolatry amounts to rebellion against God. This is evil in God’s sight, and it is capable of bringing down God’s wrath upon whosoever engages in it!

Prayer: Heavenly father, give me the grace to always return all glory to you especially when you do marvellous things through me. Amen.

HIDE A TREASURE: “But he has always given evidence of his existence by the good things he does: he gives you rain from heaven and crops at the right times; he gives you food and fills your heart with happiness.” Acts 14: 17 GNB

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 97 Are the Jews guilty of Jesus’ death?

No one can assign collective guilt for the death of Jesus to the Jews. Instead, the Church professes with certainty that all sinners share in the guilt for Jesus’ death.

Readings: Acts 14:5-18; Psalm 115:1-4, 15-16; John 14:21-26