THE FAMILY OF GOD

Sunday 4th October- 27th Sunday of the year

Reflection: Hebrews 2: 9-11

THE FAMILY OF GOD

Through our baptism, we have become Christ’s brothers and sisters and children of our heavenly Father. Thus, we are part of the family of God. However, the sanctification of this family of God to which we belong depends largely on the sanctification of our individual families – the domestic church. The love and respect that exists in our own families is the love and respect we give to God’s own family of which Christ has made us members:“He purifies people from their sins, and both he and those who are made pure all have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his family”. (Heb 2:11)

Today’s first reading highlights sacredness of marriage as intended by God; the sacredness Jesus re-affirms in the gospel reading as He refers His listeners back to the original purpose of God for marriage. Do our families reflect God’s original intention? These practical steps can help in living out God’s intention for our families:

  • Share the word of God and pray together; a family that prays together stays together.
  • Love and tolerate one another and live in unity. As long as we love one another, God will live in us and his love will be complete in us (1 Jn 4:12).
  • Always be conscious of your family as a domestic church and God’s presence in your home. You can have a little altar in the home around which you pray as a family.

This are all means by which we unite our families to that of God praying all over the world. Your little efforts today can help sanctify your family and the family of God!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, sanctify our families the domestic church that they may truly lead to a greater love, respect and unity in your Church. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 373 How should a family live its faith together?

A Christian family should be a miniature church. All Christian family members are invited to strengthen one another in faith and to outdo one another in their zeal for God. They should pray for and with each other and collaborate in works of charity.

HIDE A TREASURE:  “No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:12 RSV-CE

Today’s readings: Genesis 2:18-24; Ps 128: 1-5; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

Tuesday 16th September – Memorial of SS Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, Bishop; Matyrs

Reflection: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14, 27-31

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

“Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed and no town or house divided against itself will stand” (Matthew 12:25). Ego fuels division and prejudice prevents unity. This is the crux of today’s first reading. The Almighty God surely enjoys variety as his creation clearly attests to this. He has endowed us with varying gifts and abilities; he situates us in different ethnic backgrounds and nationality. Yet, in all these, He seeks that we be one as a family in Him and achieve more through our collaborative effort.

Beloved, are you part of those beating the drums of ethnic dissension in the Body of Christ (The Church) and our society at large? Do you out of pride, envy or prejudice discredit the ability and contributions of others? Wisdom tells us that no one or click of persons has all it takes to build a virile Church or society. The Church needs a united choir just as she needs a dedicated altar server; the role of a lector cannot be substituted by that of a sacristan; neither can a Church announcer simultaneously and effectively discharge the responsibility of the Church warden. We must see our individual endowments and charisma as gifts from God for the collective good of all (1 Corinthians 4:7).

Love is our emblem as Christians (John 13:35). When we find ourselves polarizing the Church along societal affiliation, socioeconomic wellness or ethnic descent, it is a clear sign that we are grossly deficient in love. Our Christian responsibilities are too lofty and enormous to be sacrificed on the altar of prejudice, pride or envy. United we stand!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, heal me of every trace of pride, prejudice or envy; that I may better collaborate with others for the good of your Church. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 131 –What must we do for the unity of Christians?

In word and deed we must obey Christ, who expressly wills “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21).

Christian unity is the business of all Christians, regardless of how young or old they are. Unity was one of Jesus’ most important concerns. He prayed o the Father, “that they may all be one . . . so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (Jn 17:21). Divisions are like wounds on the Body of Christ; they hurt and fester. Divisions lead to enmities and weaken the faith and credibility of Christians.

HIDE A TREASURE:“Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed and no town or house divided against itself will stand” Matthew 12:25 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14, 27-31; Psalm 100: 1-5; Luke 7: 11-17