CHRIST IS THE WAY

Monday 14th November – Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor

Reflection: Psalm 25: 4-9

CHRIST IS THE WAY

Virtually every religion acknowledges the existence of a supreme deity and a definite means of communicating and connecting with the deity. From the most popular to the least, each one attempts to trace humanity to its divine source. Our faith as Christians is in the supreme creator of the universe; the one true God, and every true Christian would seek to stay connected with Him at every moment. In its deepest sense, Christianity provides Christ who is God made man as our means of staying connected with God. In living like Christ who is the “Way” we live in commune with our Heavenly Father.

The Psalmist’s prayer today is one that we often join in as we seek to know God’s ways and truth and God answers our heart-felt request through His son, Jesus Christ. In overcoming human weakness, Christ shows sinners how to be perfect as our heavenly Father is. (Matt 5: 47-48). Christ reveals to us the true nature of God which is Love. (1 Jn 4: 16) In Christ’s death and resurrection, we find strength to live in the image of God.

Friend in Christ, today try to live as Christ would; relying on God’s unfailing grace. Follow Christ and you will never get lost.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, today give me the grace to walk in your footsteps. 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: “Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin.  Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where ther is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” Hebrews 4: 15-16 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Numbers 24: 2-7, 15-17; Psalm 25: 4-9; Psalm 85: 8; Matthew 21: 23-27.

THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

Saturday 3rd May – Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Reflection: John 14: 6-14

THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

What is the essence of life? What determines fulfilment therein? Does it all end with death or is there a life afterwards? These are some of the questions that have puzzled the hearts of men since time immemorial and the answers they gave to them have ultimately shaped their destiny.

Dear friend, is your heart agitated by some of these questions? Maybe you have been disappointed by various philosophical concepts or religious sensationalism. Essentially, you need a relationship with your creator- the Almighty God. That is the secret craving of your heart and nothing else can or will satisfy it! This is the central message in today’s reading. You are called to an eternal relationship with the Way, the Truth and the Life – Jesus Christ. The entire Gospel is a revelation of Him (1Corinthian 15: 1-4, John 5: 39), and until we wholeheartedly believe in Him we cannot rightly grasp the essence of life. Fulfilment only comes from following the course chatted for us by the Way Himself.

Beloved friend, this is not about accepting just any religious practice, neither is it about finding utopia here on earth; it is rather a call to a life of fulfilment and an assurance of eternal blessedness after death. This, only God through Christ Jesus offers (Matthew: 11: 27-30, John 6:35, Colossians 2:9).

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You are the way, please order my steps aright always. You are the Truth, please dispel all forms of falsehood from my heart. Lead me then to the fullness of life in You. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 679 – Christ is the Lord of eternal life. Full right to pass definitive judgement on the works and acts of man belongs to him as redeemer of the world. He “acquired” this right by his cross. The Father has given “all judgement to the Son.” Yet the Son did not come to judge, but to save and to give the life he has in himself.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 RSV-CE

Readings for today: 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8, Psalm 19: 2-5, John 14; 6-14