LIVING TEMPLE OF GOD

Tuesday 9th February – Tuesday of week 5 of the year

Reflection: 1 Kings 8:22-23.27-30

LIVING TEMPLE OF GOD

But can you. O God, really live on earth? Not even all heaven is large enough to hold you, so can this temple that I have built be large enough?”

God in his benevolence has blessed us with his presence and assured us that He is with us as “Emmanuel”. Just as King Solomon was granted the grace to build a temple for God to live in, God calls us too to recognize His presence in our Churches. He has a covenant with us and shows us his love when we live in whole-hearted obedience to him. (1 Kings 8:23b). This was an attribute of Solomon who obeyed God and longed to do his will.

God is supreme and he only knows all things. What he wants for is the best for our lives and whatever He commands us to do is ultimately for our own benefit. When we put our trust in God, we give Him the go-ahead to work in our lives. This must be our driving strength and courage while waiting on him in prayer. We must avoid anything that would rob us of our trust in God or that would encourage us to find alternatives in solving our problems outside God’s presence.

As we make our way to Gods temple especially in the Blessed Sacrament, let us always be ready to build our lives on his will, trusting in our Creator who has a perfect plan for our lives. Let us never grow weary of fellowshipping with others at public worship but be joyful in the love that binds the people of God together. The Living temple of God in our midst is a vivid sign of God’s love and mercy for his people. It’s a place of refuge and a house of deliverance. As we do that, we too will be transformed into living temples of God where he is pleased to dwell as the scripture says: “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My Father would love him, and my Father and I will come and live with him” John 14:23

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make me know your covenant for my life which is your will for me. Make me planted in your presence always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 190 – What is a Christian house of prayer?

A Christian house of prayer is both a sign of the ecclesial communion of people at a specific place and also a symbol of the heavenly dwellings that God has prepared for us all. In God’s house we gather together to pray in common or alone and to celebrate the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My Father would love him, and my Father and I will come and live with him” John 14:23 GNB

Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 8:22-23.27-30; Ps 84:3-5, 10, 11; Mk 7:1-13

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

MAKE A FIERY SERPENT

Tuesday 24th March – Tuesday of the 5th week of Lent

Reflection: Numbers 21: 4-9

MAKE A FIERY SERPENT

Catholics are often accused of disobeying God’s commandment: “You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness of anything …you shall not bow to them or serve them…” (Ex 20:4-5). Was God’s simply prohibiting the carving of images used in worship? Why did He ask Moses to make a bronze serpent for the Israelites to look up to for healing in today’s reading and to build the Ark of the Covenant and the Cherubim over the mercy seat? He not only gave the instruction but the very details of how these images used in worship should be made (Exodus 25: 1-22)! Was God confused or contradicting Himself? Certainly not!

God’s commandment was not a prohibition of images used in worship. Rather, it is a prohibition of idolatry. Just as the bronze serpent and the Ark of the Covenant were not to be worshipped but were symbols to arouse faith in the Israelites so are the images such as the crucifix, the statues of our Blessed Mother and the Saints etc. that we have in our Churches. These images are not to be worshipped but serve to arouse faith in God as we put our minds on whom or what they symbolize. You and I would never be able to imagine and appreciate Christ’s crucifixion had we not seen images of the crucifix.

Beloved, let the images you see truly stir faith in you. Let the crucifix increase your love and commitment to Christ who suffered for you; let our Blessed Mother’s statue remind you to always say “yes” to God and “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5); let the statues of the Saints remind you of your own call to holiness. As you do this do not be afraid to explain and defend your beautiful faith in love and gentility.

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for the gift of my faith; please help me to draw close to you through the symbols and images I find around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2132 – The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, “the honour rendered to an image passes to its prototype” and “whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.” The honour paid to sacred images is a “respectful veneration,” not the adoration due to God alone.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Numbers 21: 4-9; Psalm 102: 2-3, 16-21; John 8: 21-30