Saturday, April 19, 2008

Metal Calf

"Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Go down at once, for your people whom you brought here from Egypt have become corrupt. They have quickly left the way which I ordered them to follow. They have cast themselves a metal calf, worshipped it and offered sacrifice to it, shouting, 'Israel, here is your God who brought you here from Egypt." (Exodus 32: 7-8)

The people have become quickly corrupt. The Exodus is the 'Enterprise' of the Israelites. They became corrupt even before they reached the Promised Land. They quickly left the way mapped out for them by God. Derailment in our journey of faith can come quickly and easily.

"They have cast themselves metal calf, worshipped it and offered sacrifice to it." What metal calf is tempting me today? Family, health, money, job, tools or food?

The Enterprise is journey with Christ. There are dangers on the way.

Lord Jesus, you have led me this far. Help me to persevere to the end. Amen!

Friday, April 18, 2008

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

"Father, through St. Cyril of Jerusalem you lead your Church to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of salvation. Let his prayers help us to know your Son better and to have eternal life in all its fullness …." (Memorial Mass of St. Cyril of Jerusalem)

St. Cyril of Jerusalem is known as Doctor of Catechesis. Concerning chastity, he wrote:

"….Let us not for a short pleasure defile so great, so noble a body: for short and momentary is the sin, but the shame for many years and forever. Angels working upon earth are they who practice chastity: the virgins have their portion with Mary the Virgin. Let all vain ornament be banished, and every hurtful glance, and all wanton gait, and every flowing robe, and perfume enticing to pleasure. But in all, for perfume let there be the prayer of sweet odor, and the practice of good works and the sanctification of our bodies: that the Virgin-born Lord may say even of us, both men who live in chastity and women who wear the crown, "I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Healing Gifts

"Lord, may we never misuse your healing gifts, but always find in them a source of life and salvation…." (Mass Prayer)

The Eucharist is the healing gift par excellence. The Eucharist heals us of our ills of mind and body and at the same time renewing us.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Supernatural life

"Thus, as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to anyone he chooses." (John 5: 21)

The Son gives life to anyone He chooses. Lord Jesus, grant me life. Fill me with your life. Grant me the power to communicate this life to others.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Lord is kind and merciful

"The Lord is kind and merciful. The Lord is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works." (Psalm 145: 8, 13)

Yes, I can trust God.

Faith – hearing God's word and believing it

Faithing – putting this belief into action

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I shall not forget you

"Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the child she has born? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you." (Isaiah 49: 15)

God will not forget me. I am constantly in his presence.