KINGDOM INVESTMENT

WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER – WEDNESDAY OF WEEK 33 OF THE YEAR

REFLECTION: LUKE 19:11-28

KINGDOM INVESTMENT

Have you ever done business before? How was it? I’m sure your answer would be positive if you made good profit out of it. There is a special gift or talent that God has given you, it could manifest in various ways. It could be in crafts, science, eloquence, planning, writing, helping people, etc. They are so numerous to mention. God has blessed us with so many abilities so that we may be able to advance His kingdom here on earth.

Many at times, we just sit down idle and doing nothing, whereas deep within us is a reservoir of untapped talents and resources. We may wish that we had some mighty ability to do great things in life but even the little one we have we sometime ignore, simply because we are envying those that have made ‘great impacts’ in the world. Beloved, you don’t need to have it all before you begin doing something with what God has given you. Your talents are your natural endowment and it is more precious than any gold or silver, in fact it is a stepping stone to greatness.

So what do you do now? You can take a day off to have a personal retreat, wherein you examine your life. It is in this self-examination aided by the Holy Spirit that we come to a full realization of all the blessings that God has providentially endowed us with. One you have discovered them, then get to work with it. Use it for the good of men and the advancement of the kingdom of God. This is ‘real investment’ in the kingdom of God.

PRAYER: O Father, you have blessed me numerous riches, help me this day to discover them, and give me the grace to put it to work for the good of men your glory. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1890: “There is a certain resemblance between the unity of the divine persons and the fraternity that men ought to establish among themselves.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “He fills my life with good things, so that I stay young and strong like an eagle.” Psalm 103:5 (GNB)

READINGS FOR TODAY: 2Macc.7:1,20-31; Ps.17:5-6,8,15; Lk.19:11-28

PLAYING YOUR ROLE IN NIGERIA

Tuesday 17th March – Feast of St Patrick, Bishop & Secondary Patron of Nigeria

Reflection: 1 Peter 4:7-11

PLAYING YOUR ROLE IN NIGERIA

Today we celebrate St Patrick who is the Secondary Patron of Nigeria, with Our Lady as the Principal Patroness. Each time we celebrate the lives of Saints, Christ calls us as young people to lead lives that would make Nigeria a better place to live in. The saints made a difference in their environments because of their commitment to God and we too are called to make a difference for Christ in our dear country.

Do you have gifts or talents? God urges you through St Peter to use every God-given gift for the good of others. In what ways are you using your talents to bless other Nigerians? Our country has suffered from deep rooted corruption for decades; corruption that has cost us growth, development, good quality of life and basic social infrastructure. Corruption stems from nothing but greed and greed can only occur in the absence of love.

Everyone seems to speak ill of our country. Nigerians are disappointed with the leaders and there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight. Dear friend, you are called to be holy. To be holy means to be “set apart”. You cannot afford to sit still and complain. Rise up and make a difference in your own corner. God tells you and me: “Never let your love for each other grow insincere, since love covers over many a sin.” Seek to grow in sincere love for God and for your neighbour. Fight against every form of greed in your life and use your gifts, talents and ability to make a difference. Only then would you be living up to your Christian calling as a Nigerian.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, through the intercession of St. Patrick, bless Nigeria and make us better youth. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 328 What can the individual contribute to the common good?

Working for the common good means assuming responsibility for others. The common good must be the business of everyone. This happens first of all when men get involved in their particular surroundings—family, neighborhood, workplace—and take responsibility. It is important also to exercise social and political responsibility.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins” 1 Peter 4:8 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: 1 Peter 4:7-11; Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10; Luke 5:1-11