Saturday, September 22, 2007

Human traditions

“You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions.” (Mark 7: 8)

When does the commandment of God compete with human traditions in my life? When am I under pressure to follow human traditions than to obey God’s commandment?

Teach me your laws, O Holy Spirit. Direct my heart to obey you in everything. Grant me the courage to share your words with others.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Teach me your law

“Turn my heart to do your will: teach me your law, O God.” (Psalm 119: 36, 29)

The Bible teaches us in so many places the excellence of the will of God. Jesus teaches us to pray:
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Those who live by God’s will attest that in God’s will is all the peace, happiness and prosperity that we desire.

How does God teach us to do his will? He teaches us through his word. His word contains his revealed will. He also teaches us through the Church. Christ said to the apostles: ”Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Luke 10: 16)
We can learn all the word of God that we want. Only the active presence of the Holy Spirit in us enables us to do God’s will.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Be Fruitful

“God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1: 27 – 28)

Be fruitful and multiply.

It is your Father’s will that you bear fruit, fruit that will last. It is God’s will that every human being be employed and productive. I banish the thought from my mind of fear of unemployment. In so far as I seek the will of God in everything, I am employed and productive. I am producing outcome that will last.

My purpose in life is to learn and to teach. Using the 7-Way plan, I learn and teach. What am I producing?

I produce the following outcome:
• Peace and tranquility
• Knowledge
• Joy and consolation

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Those who touched him were healed

“And wherever he went, to village or town or farm, they laid down the sick in open spaces, begging him to let them touch even the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched him were healed. (Mark 6: 56)

Where can we touch Jesus today? We can touch Jesus everyday in the Eucharist.

Lord Jesus, increase my faith in your presence in the Eucharist. When I touch you in the Eucharist, heal me of all that need healing in my life. Amen!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Times and Season

“God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days and years.” (Genesis 1: 14)

The story of creation: God created the world progressively step by step.

Times and seasons were created to regulate creation.

• A time for sowing and a time for reaping
• A time for learning and a time for teaching
• A time for waiting and a time for acting

There is time for everything.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Lampstand 2

“You are the light of the world. A city set on the mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5: 13 – 16)

Amen! I accept your word dear Jesus. I am the light of the world. It is your intention that I be placed on a lampstand. Praise, honor and glory be to you. You want me to shine. I will. May the Father be fully glorified in me and in my work.

Matthew 5: 13-16 makes Christ’s intention for his disciples abundantly clear. He wants us to reflect his light to the world. He wants us to shine using the gifts he has given us.

There is a time to learn and a time to teach. There is a time to be under the bushel basket and a time to be set on a lampstand. Today I am under a bushel basket. I am learning. Tomorrow, I will be placed on the lampstand, shining. When the teacher is ready, the student appears.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Christ is the Light of the Word

“I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.” (John 8: 12)

Christ’s word is light for me. In 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5, Jesus gives me light on the principles of effective ministry:

• Simplicity
• Concentration on Christ Crucified
• Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide

“Whoever follows me will have the light of life.” To follow Jesus, means to follow his word as in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. It means to dwell in his word and make it the basis of one’s thought, word and deed.