GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED

Sunday 7th February – 5th Sunday of the year

Reflection: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED

St. Paul reckoned his ministry as an effect of God’s immense grace. He knew how empty he would be without God’s grace upon his life. To crown it all, he had entrusted his entire being to it knowing fully well of its power and effect. How have you entrusted yourself to God’s grace? Do you have a substitute for his grace? This can be your knowledge, your beauty, your friend, or even your wealth. So many have left the pathway of grace because everything in life seems to be going well for them. What about you? How well do you see the hand of God at work in your success and in all your endeavors. Do you even consider the mind of God before taking any decision?

Beloved in Christ, the grace of God gives lasting freedom from self-glorification. It humbles an individual and permeates the individual with an ever powerful effect of Gods strength. It has nothing to do with your weakness but it turns all your pain in gain. God’s word to St Paul in 2 Cor. 12:9a is also for us today: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak”. We too can have been called by God today to embrace his mercy and grace so as to be effective and fruitful in life.

Let us approach the throne of grace in prayer today, asking God to pour out his grace on us that we may become faithful witnesses to his presence and power among us and his call to redemption.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Pour out your grace upon my life. Your Grace is all I need. Amen

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 339 – What does God’s grace do to us?

God’s grace brings us into the inner life of the Holy Trinity, into the exchange of love between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It makes us capable of living in God’s love and of acting on the basis of this love.

 

HIDE A TREASURE: “But by God’s grace I am who I am, and the grace that he gave me was not without effect” 1Cor. 15:10 GNB

Today’s Readings: Isaiah 6:1-2a. 3-8; Psalm 138:1-8; 1 Cor.15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

AUTHENTIC CONVERSION

Monday, 25th January – Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Reflection: Acts 9:1-22

AUTHENTIC CONVERSION

Saint Paul, who is also referred to as an “Apostle to the Gentiles” made his impact in spreading the good news of salvation through the help of the Holy Spirit and his strong determination to complete what God entrusted to his care. This whole work cannot but be traced back to his encounter with Christ on his way to Damascus which led to an authentic conversion. Anytime we remember how he became an apostle, it is always wonderful to think of how God can chose even the worst of sinners for his work of salvation.

Today, we wonder why the flame of the faith grows weak even with sound liturgies and constant celebration of Sacraments by the Church. People complain that the Church is boring and seem not to know why they are in the church. Dear friend, a Christian without an authentic conversion brought about by a divine encounter with Christ will not be able to live out the Gospel of Jesus. Christianity is not always about what we hear about God from people but is significantly what God says to you, what God reveals to you and what God has entrusted to you. Saint Paul in our reading today, encountered God with some “elements” which made the encounter very unique; the presence of Christ, a new sight and baptism of the Holy Spirit. Also, God perfected and made all this possible by sending Ananias to minister to him. Beloved in Christ, have you ever had an encounter with Christ which you can hold on to and recall whenever the fight of faith gets tough? Do you desire more and more of Christ’s revelation of himself to you? This is the testimony and power of great men of faith.

Our obedience to the great commission of Christ, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good news to all creation” in the Gospel reading of today (Mark 16:15) would be dependent on our individual testimony of Christ and divine encounter with him. Let us be conscious of the fact that nobody is dispensable or too weak to proclaim Christ.

Dear Friends, as we go out today, let us pray that God may give us the grace to truly encounter Him in our daily activities.

TALK TO YOUR FRIEND: Lord Jesus, reveal yourself to me in a way that I have never experienced before. Let your light shine on me to enkindle the fire of your love in my heart. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 27- The desire for God

The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never cease to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.

HIDE A TREASURE: “You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures” John 15:16 GNB

Readings for Today: Acts 9:1-22; Psalm 117; Mark 16:15-18