WEEP NO MORE

Tuesday 30th September – Memorial of St Jerome, Priest & Doctor

Reflection: Psalm 88:2-8

WEEP NO MORE

Beloved, today is a great day which the Lord has made. Our merciful Father has remembered you in a very special way today. Great things happen when the Bible speaks of God remembering a person. When God remembers you, it means that you are being spotted out for extra-ordinary favour. Hence today is one of such days. There are times in life when we feel that all hope is lost and nothing can be done about our current situation. It is at periods like this that you should be more firm in your faith because your deliverance is nearer than it was before. There is no need for give up at the very brink of breakthrough.

The Psalmist found himself in such a despicable situation today. His state was so discouraging that he accused God of abandoning him. He had given up on life completely. Perhaps dear friend, you have found yourself in such a desperate position; one that can lead you to accuse God. Please bear in mind that God loves you dearly; He is never ignorant of our challenges but is fully aware of what you are going through presently. The Bible says that “Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b).  The night time of life comes with challenges but as it is said that “there is always light at the end of every tunnel”.

“The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in Him. He gives me help and makes me glad; I praise Him with joyful songs.” (Psalm 28:7). Let us trust the Lord at all times. God never fails, even He seems to delay, we should still trust Him for He is our All-in-All. Also, the Word of God is indispensable in times of trials. Hold unto the promises He has made to you in His Word, as you find strength from Him in prayer and in His word your situation will turn around for good. Wipe your tears and rejoice beloved, for your salvation is here!

PRAYER: Father, I trust in you. (Use the Word of God in Psalm 28 to pray, believing that the Almighty God will surely intervene in your life).

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2743 – It is always possible to pray: the time of the Christian is that of the risen Christ who is with us always, no matter what tempest may arise. Our time is in the hands of God: It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop…while buying or selling…or even while cooking.

HIDE A TREASURE: “I place myself in your care. You will save me, Lord; you are a faithful God.” Psalm 31:5 GNB

Readings for Today: Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Psalm 88:2-8; Luke 9:51-56

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ANGELIC MINISTRATION

Monday 29th September – Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Reflection: John 1:47-51

ANGELIC MINISTRATION

Jesus Christ is the Glory of the angels. His is the reason why they exist (CCC 331), and because Christ lives in us He has angels appointed to every one of His children (CCC 336). We often hear of “guardian angels”. Indeed, they are real and Scripture says “Are they not ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). All through the Bible, we see the activities of these heavenly messengers. One of the most familiar is the Visitation of Mary by the Archangel Gabriel. Another is in the book Revelation where we read of Michael, the chief of the angels, warring to dethrone Satan from heaven (Revelation 12:7-9).  One more instance of angelic activity in the Scriptures is found in the book of Tobit, where we see the Archangel Raphael ministering to Tobias. All these stories tell us of the reality of the unseen world of angels.

What is the importance of angels to you and I as individuals? As earlier stated, every child of God has an angel appointed to him or her at birth. This Angel is to guard you and ensure that you arrive safely in heaven. Are we aware that our angels are always with us? Do we cooperate with them to achieve God’s plan for our lives? It is possible for one to frustrate his guardian angel by the way the person lives his life. Angels are holy beings, and sin puts them off, hence paving way for the enemy to attack us. But if we cooperate with our angels, we will be fortified daily as they assist us to fight against the attacks of the enemy.

Beloved, you can enjoy better angelic assistance on daily basis if your way of life is pleasing unto God. The Bible says that angels do the will of God by listening to and obeying His commands. (Psalm 103:20). The blessings of Christians are sometimes delayed or are not even received at all because the angels that bear the answers to their prayers have been frustrated by their disobedience. Hence, let us cleanse ourselves of all unrighteousness in order to enjoy the ministrations of the glorious company of angels in our daily lives.

PRAYER: Pray that God may give you the necessary graces you need to fully cooperate with the angels who are sent to minister unto you.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 336 – From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by angel’s watchful care and intercession. “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.” Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Who are the angels then? They are spirits who serve God and are sent by Him to help those who are to receive salvation.” Hebrews 1:14 GNB

Readings for Today: Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14; Psalm 138:1-5; John 1:47-51.

THE WAYS OF GOD

Sunday 28th September – 26th Sunday of the year

Reflection: Matthew 21:28-32

THE WAYS OF GOD

No one can fully comprehend God. Yet, God is simple, and so are His ways. Often times, we as humans expect to see a very sophisticated and complex God, but to our greatest amazement, we come to see that His ways so straightforward. The Psalmist declares that the Lord is just and there is no crookedness in Him. (Psalm 92:15). We know that “His ways are not our ways” but this does not mean that the ways of God are not discoverable. In fact, God wants us to walk and live in His ways. (Deuteronomy 8:6).

In today’s text, Jesus gives a parable we can identify with in our everyday life. This parable teaches us that it is not all those who start the journey of faith early that get there first or even get there at all. The obedient son in the parable was the one who after refusing to obey his father’s instruction, went on to do it later; as against the one who agreed to do it initially but eventually did not do it. Beloved, so it is in the journey of life. A good person who begins to do evil will perish while an evil person who turns to do good will be saved. This is the wisdom of God.

Jesus says that prostitutes and tax collectors (corrupt politicians), are finding themselves into the Kingdom of God, at the expense of those who first believed. Isn’t this ironic? God is not a respecter of person or status; He treats everyone with the same yardstick. Hence, this calls for the children of God to persevere in their quest for eternal life in God’s Kingdom. No man is an island; if you are backsliding in any way, please seek for assistance with people you can trust as quickly as possible as no one knows when the end time will come.

PRAYER: Holy Father, grant me the grace to persevere to the end in the race of righteousness; may I never be a cast away on the last day. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1970 – The law of the Gospel requires us to make the decisive choice between “the two ways” and to put into practice the words of the Lord…

HIDE A TREASURE: “For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end” Hebrews 3:14 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-9; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32

REJOICE!

Saturday, 27th September – Memorial of St Vincent de Paul, Priest

Reflection: Ecclesiastes 11:9 – 12:8

REJOICE!

Today’s reading brings good news to all young people: Rejoice! Enjoy your youthful days with all the joy it brings. However, in all your rejoicing, always remember that you will be brought to judgement as regards everything you do in your youthful days (Ecclesiastes 11:9).

In order to make this judgement favourable unto us, we must therefore make exploits with all our youthful strength to the glory of God most high. The greatest joy we can have as young people is to live our lives with no regrets. The choices we make now determine what our future will be. Hence let us use the youthful zeal, strength and vigour to prepare ourselves for a happy and fulfilling future.

As a youth, what do you live for? Is your life filled with sin that will lead you into condemnation? Do not be deceived by the worldly notion of finding “joy” in sinful acts. True joy is God’s gift to His own, a gift we receive as we strive to please our loving Father daily. The time is now for you to change your ways and glorify God with the blessing of your youth.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, take away all worldly nature from me and give me the grace to always live a life that glorifies you so that I may find true joy in my youth. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT67 – What is sin?

At the core of sin is a rejection of God and the refusal to accept his love. This is manifested in a disregard for his commandments

HIDE A TREASURE: “Fill us each morning with your constant love, so that we may sing and be glad all our lives”. Psalm 90:14 GNB

Readings for Today: Ecclesiastes 11: 9 – 12:8; Psalm 90: 3-6, 12-14, 17; Luke 9: 43-45

WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU?

Friday 26th September – Friday of week 25 of the year

Reflection: Luke 9:18-22

WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU?

The manner in which we see the person of Christ determines the effect of the Christianity we profess. In the gospel reading today, it is reported that some people saw Jesus as John the Baptist, some saw him as Elijah, others saw him as one of the prophets who has arisen but Peter saw Jesus as “The Christ of God”.

It was through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that Peter proclaimed that truth about his master. In the same vein, every Christian needs to be always inspired by the Holy Spirit in order to live a good and meaningful Christian life. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us insight into the person of Christ and His redemptive work for us.

We therefore need a deep understanding of the love of Christ in order to appreciate who He is to us. As we ask ourselves who Christ is to us, let us ask for the help of the Holy Spirit so that our minds will be enlightened to understand that Christ is our saviour, the lover of our souls; who cares for us and wants the best for us at all times.

PRAYER: Father, let me be able to understand that you love me and that you are the saviour of my life. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 74 – What does it mean to say that Jesus is “the only-begotten Son of God”?

When Jesus calls himself “God’s only-begotten Son” (or “only Son”, Jn 3:16) and Peter and others bear witness to this, the expression means that of all men only Jesus is more than a man.

HIDE A TREASURE: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only-begotten Son from the Father” John 1:14 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Psalm 144: 1-4; Luke 9: 18-22

THE VANITY OF LIFE

Thursday 25th September – Thursday of week 25 of the year

Reflection: Ecclesiastes 1: 2-11

THE VANITY OF LIFE

The whole of life is vain if we do not allow God to put the essence in it. The labour of man is full of vanity if we fail to bring in Christ; as He alone gives true meaning to our lives and existence.

As Christians, realising that life by itself is vain; we always need to ensure that our lives are built on GOD. It is only in this way that we can make an impact on earth. Nothing can truly give us lasting happiness and satisfaction if not for the love we have in Christ.

Let us therefore, hold on to Christ, bearing in mind that “we were created for God; and our hearts find no rest until they rest in Him” (St Augustine). Let us focus on the things that are everlasting (2 Corinthians 4:18); as we walk through this life, let us seek to be the best we can with God’s help; and live with eternity in view.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father; let me always live in the consciousness that without you, life is all vanity so that I can build my trust in you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 281 – Why do we yearn for happiness?

God has placed in our hearts such an infinite desire for happiness that nothing can satisfy it but God himself. All earthly fulfilment gives us only a foretaste of eternal happiness. Above and beyond that, we should be drawn to God.

HIDE A TREASURE:  “Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise” Psalm 90:12 GNB

Readings for Today: Ecclesiastes 1: 2-11; Psalm 90: 3-6, 12-14, 17; Luke 9: 7-9

THE GREATEST FAMINE

Wednesday 24th September – Wednesday of week 25 of the year

Reflection: Proverbs 30: 5-9

THE GREATEST FAMINE

The greatest famine a Christian can experience is the famine of the word of God; a situation in which there is no access to be fed with God’s word. We can have the word of God being proclaimed all around us and yet, not find the truth in it. A Christian in these circumstances lives his life in total darkness because there is no direction unto his path and no light to direct him; the light that comes through the word of God.

In order not to be faced with this situation, a Christian must therefore appreciate the truth in the word of God by meditating and reflecting on them daily to get inspiration and spiritual strength.

Beloved, the word of God is a shield for those who take refuge in God and a delight for those who trust in Him. Why not make use of this great privilege given to us in the gift of God’s word to be fed, guided and strengthened. Denying ourselves of this spiritual food will necessarily lead to starvation, loss of direction and hope and ultimately, spiritual death. Let us each day embrace God’s word and receive it with thanksgiving and a desire to live by it.

PRAYER: Father, please give me the grace to dwell daily and richly in your word and let it be a refuge for me, let me fully understand the truth in your word. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 70 – How does God draw us out of the whirlpool of evil?

God does not just look on as man gradually destroys himself and the world around him through the chain reaction of sin. He sends us Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer, who snatches us from the power of sin.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119: 105 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Proverbs 30: 5-9; Psalm 119: 29,72,89,101,104,163; Luke 9:1-6