Saturday, November 18, 2006

Choose Life

Choose life

“I summon heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I offer you the choice of life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life and you and your descendants will live; love the Lord your God, obey him, and hold fast to him; that is life for you and length of days on the soil which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30: 19 – 20)

Life and blessing for me in the Enterprise consist in this:

· Love the Lord, my God.

· Obey him.

· Hold fast to him.

Rewards for doing the above:

· Life, success, health and prosperity.

· Security in the land.

· Divine filiation.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Glorious Light

Glorious Light

“Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears his glory.” (Isaiah 60: 1-2)

The above passage speaks of the glorious destiny of the Church. Just like Christ and John the Baptizer, the Church discovers its true identity and destiny through the Scriptures. Although the darkness of sin and error covers the earth, the Church will shine because upon her the Lord shines. Her source of light is constant and unfading. The Lord Jesus shines upon individual members of the Church too. The Church is like many lighted candles as at the Solemnity of the Easter Vigil.

Lord Jesus, shine upon me that I may reflect your light in the Church. The light that we reflect is the light of Christ. The word of God is a light to my foot. My destiny like that of the Church is to be light to the world. I read and apply the word of God and the Lord shines through me.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pointing to Jesus 2

Pointing to Jesus 2

“One of the two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, “We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus.” (John 1: 40 – 41)

Andrew received the goodnews and was eager to share it with others. He started with members of his family.

The application of today’s scripture lesson for me is to try to share the spiritual insights I discover in the word of God with somebody every day.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pointing to Jesus

Pointing to Jesus

“John looked towards him and said, ‘Look there is the lamb of God.’ And the 2 disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.” (John 1: 36)

Somebody (John) had to point out Jesus to others.

Lord Jesus, use me today to lead others to you.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Foundation of Truth

Foundation of Truth

“Children, do not let anyone lead you astray.” (1 John 3: 7)

The Church has struggled against errors and false teachings all her life. This is not surprising because Jesus Christ gave ample warning about errors and false teachers during his earthly ministry. The history of the Church is replete with counterfeit teachers and messengers whose goal is to establish a “new teaching” different from the deposit of faith received from the apostles. Many Church Councils were called to address heresies.

How is the individual Christian protected from being led astray? We trust in the work of the Holy Spirit who leads and guides the Church to the fullness of truth. We trust in the teaching authority given to the apostles and their successors, the Bishops by Jesus Christ himself. We are encouraged by the living Tradition of the Church that has proven a bulwark of the truth.

We thank God for the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church that has protected the Church from being led astray.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Lamb of God

The Lamb of God

“Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

Jesus is the Lamb that was slain in order to save the world. The slain, sacrificial Lamb became the bread of life which we eat in the Eucharist.