ATTITUDE OF WORSHIP

Tuesday 23rd June – Tuesday of week 12 of the year

Reflection: Psalm 15: 2-5

ATTITUDE OF WORSHIP

God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3). As children of God, it is good and proper to constantly do Him homage and worship. Our worship and reverence to God must be an attitude born out of love, acknowledgement and appreciation of who He is. It is far more than a routine Sunday activity in the church as some have wrongly believed; God seeks us to worship Him with our whole being every day, every moment of our lives.

The Psalmist today gives some qualities of the man who truly lives in God’s presence: A person who is committed to obeying God; who acts with sincerity of heart; who does no wrong to his neighbor; committed to justice and fairness; who is true to his promises…. (Psalm 15:2-5). Beloved in Christ, if living righteously amidst our daily routines is the proper act of worship that keeps us in God’s presence; may we ask ourselves how well we are faring in this?  We are called to be planted in Christ that we might bears fruits that bring Him praise every seasons of our lives. It is the will of God that we perpetually worship him like the angels in heaven do (Isaiah 6:1-3). As the will of God is done in heaven, so is it done in the lives of His children who choose to remain in His presence through their ways of life.

Let us embrace the worship of God today by striving to be agents of peace, bearing fruits of patience, self-control and love amidst our contemporaries. Worship is a life to be lived not an event. People around us should see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make my life a fountain of praise. Remove from me anything that bring your name to shame I pray.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 353: Why do we worship God?

We worship God because he exists and because reverence and worship are the appropriate response to his revelation and his presence. “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”
Worshipping God, however, is also beneficial to men, for it frees them from servitude to the powers of this world. When God is no longer worshipped and when he is no longer thought to be Lord over life and death, others assume that position and put human dignity at risk.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Worship the Lord, all the earth. Honor him all peoples of the world” Psalm 33:8 GNB

Today’s Readings: Genesis 13:2, 5-18; Psalm 15:2-5; Matthew 7: 6, 12-14

GIVE CHEERFULLY

Tuesday 26th May – Memorial of St Philip Neri, Priest

Reflection: Sirach 35:1-12

GIVE CHEERFULLY

From time to time, telecommunication companies advertise a promotion with prizes worth millions of naira and attract many Nigerians to participate at a token. Hence, the company gains millions of Naira in the process of giving out some. The contemporary world understands that without giving we cannot truly possess anything. For what really belongs to us is what we give out to others rather than what we hold on to.

Christ tells us: “Give and it will be given to you, …good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back.” (Luke 6:38-39). This, He reminds Peter of in today’s gospel reading when Peter wondered what reward they would have for leaving everything to follow Him (Mark 10:28-31). Hannah gave up Samuel, her only child to the Lord in fulfilment of her promise. In return, God gave her five more children though she only asked for one (1Samuel 2:21).

Dear friend, realizing that our “God is a good rewarder who will reward us seven times over,” (Sirach 2:11) we are called to honour the Lord with generosity and not stint when we bring our gifts before the Lord. Give to the Lord as He has given to you, generously and cheerfully as your means can afford. Give to the Lord the best of your gifts in appreciation of His goodness to you and He will surely bless you more as He did for Hannah. Never think you are too young to give to God. Give the Lord your time, your treasure and your talents and you will lay up blessings for your life and future.

PRAYER: Lord, help me understand that it is in giving that I can receive and help me to be more generous with what you have given me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 488Why should we thank God?

Everything that we are and have comes from God. Paul says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Being grateful to God, the giver of all good things, makes you happy.

HIDE A TREASURE: “What have you that you have not received? And if you received it, why are you so proud, as If you did not receive it” 1 Corinthians 4:7 CCB

Today’s Readings: Sirach 35:2-15, Psalm 50: 5-8, 14, 23, Mark 10: 28-31

A HAPPY ENDING

Wednesday 31st December – 7th day within the octave of Christmas

Reflection: Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13

A HAPPY ENDING

After a journey of 365 days in the year 2014, what more can we do but give thanks to God for his unending love and faithfulness to us all throughout the year? It is a great privilege to count your blessings and remember the goodness and mercy of God through the happy and sad moments that we have encountered in the year 2014. Think less of what you would have loved to accomplish this passing year and thank God for what you have been able to do. Lift him high in praise and worship. Find some moments today to reflect over the past year, and rejoice in thanksgiving as you look forward to the beginning of the New Year.

Dear friends, the scripture says that the end of anything is better than its beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Hence we must heed the psalmist today as he calls us to: “Sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord all the world” (Psalm 96:1). Just as a pregnant woman rejoices when she finally gives birth to her child, so must we enter the New Year with joy as we hope for a good start. Make a choice to be happy and let the Spirit of truth lead you to make right decisions and conclusions for whatever plans you have. A happy ending would always usher in a note of peace, a sign of freedom from worry and a platform for the presence of God’s spirit. Be determined to finish strong by letting go strongholds of malice, depression, self-pity and all that weighs you down. Today can still make a difference in this passing year.

So be at your duty post today no matter how little it may be. Do everything out of love. Remember also that life is a pilgrimage the end of which must come one day. Keep focused and live well so as to die well.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for seeing through me another year, help me to remain united to you as long as I live. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 186What is the liturgical year (the Church year)?

The liturgical year, or the Church year, superimposes the mysteries of the life of Christ—from his Incarnation to his second coming in glory—on the normal course of the year. The liturgical year begins with Advent, the time of waiting for the Lord, and has its first high point in the Christmas season and its second, even greater climax in the celebration of the redemptive suffering, death, and Resurrection of Christ at Easter. The Easter season ends with the feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church. The liturgical year is repeatedly interrupted by feasts of Mary and the saints, in which the Church praises God’s grace, which has led mankind to salvation.

HIDE A TREASURE: “You would do everything you have promised; Lord, your love is eternal. Complete the work that you have begun”. Psalm 138:8 GNB

Readings for Today: 1 John 2:18-21, Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13, John 1:1-18

BENEDICTUS

Wednesday 24th December

Reflection: Luke 1:67-79

BENEDICTUS

“Benedictus” is a Latin word which means “Blessed”. It is used to refer to the prophecy of Zechariah at the moment his tongue was loosened during the naming ceremony of his son John the Baptist who was the fore-runner of Jesus. As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth at Christmas, this message of hope must aid our expectations of the great grace which comes with this season.

This song of Blessing was initiated by Zechariah’s sudden recovery after several months of silence. What an exclamation of gratitude and joy to God who keeps his promise despite his unbelief! Little wonder the song starts with: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel”. Awaiting the fulfillment of God’s promises should be a time of joy rather than worry. God keeps his word; He never fails! The birth of Christ which we celebrate this season has brought us liberation. Hence, we must not continue to live in the bondage of fear. This liberty makes us holy and righteous in a world of darkness and enables us to serve God without fear (Luke 1:74). Why feel lonely in your battle against sin and temptations? Do not worry, God has promised to guide your steps into the path of peace.

As you prepare for Christmas, sing songs of praise and honor to God who loves you and wants to make his home in your heart. End this season of advent with true contrition for the many times you have failed to trust God’s word and enter into the joy of your salvation with faith.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I thank you for your mercy and grace, I am ready for you this season of joy. Come and dwell in my heart always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 488Why should we thank God?
Everything that we are and have comes from God. Paul says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Being grateful to God, the giver of all good things, makes you happy.

HIDE A TREASURE: “I will sing of your mercies, O Lord, forever with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: 1 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-16; Psalm 89: 2-5, 27,29; Luke 1: 67-79