“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 6:58

TODAY’S WORD…

“Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.”

– John 6:58

 

REFLECTION…

Jesus is the true Bread of life. He invites us to nourish our soul frequently with the food of His body.

Jesus gives life. We live by Him, as our bodies live by our food. And, because Jesus lives, we shall live also.

 

QUOTE…

“Alluding to the Eucharist, Jesus said: … “anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.” The Son of God, becoming flesh, could become bread and in this way be the nourishment of His people journeying toward the promised land of heaven. We need this bread to cope with the toil and exhaustion of the journey. Sunday, day of the Lord, is the propitious occasion to draw strength from Him, who is the Lord of life.

The Sunday precept, therefore, is not a simple duty imposed from outside. To participate in the Sunday celebration and to be nourished with the Eucharistic bread is a need of a Christian, who in this way can find the necessary energy for the journey to be undertaken.[…]

To follow the Way means man’s own fulfilment; to lose it, is to lose himself. The Lord does not leave us alone on this journey. He is with us…”   – Pope Benedict XVI

 

PRAYER…

Lord, You are the Bread of life. You are my Nourishment!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Colossians 1:12-14

TODAY’S WORD…

We thank the Father who has made it possible for us to share in the saints’ inheritance of light. He has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that He loves. In Him, we gain our freedom and the forgiveness of our sins.

– Colossians 1:12-14

 

REFLECTION…

God is love and His love for us was made manifest when He sent His only Son into the world so that through Him we might live. By dying on the Cross, Jesus won life for us; by redeeming us with His blood He obtained forgiveness for our sins. Through this action God reveals His wisdom and His loving care. By enabling our sins to be forgiven, Christ has restored our dignity.

 

PRAYER…

Father in Heaven,

thank You for Your great love and mercy;

thank You for freeing us from the power of evil

and for making it possible for us to share in the inheritance of the saints.

It is through Your power and kindness

that I have been brought out of darkness into Your wonderful light.

 

Thank You for the supreme sacrifice of Your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank You for Your great mercy, O God.

Thank You for the gift of grace.

Lord, send Your Holy Spirit upon me,

to console, counsel and guide me towards Your glorious light,

where I want to be, with You, forever.  Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Peter 5:5

TODAY’S WORD…

All wrap yourselves in humility to be servants of each other, because God refuses the proud and will always favour the humble.

– 1 Peter 5:5

 

REFLECTION…

Humility is a characteristic of the love that God wants us to practice because He loves a humble heart.

 

LITANY OF HUMILITY…A PRAYER…

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, hear me.

 

From the desire of being esteemed,

deliver me, Jesus.

 

Jesus, please deliver me…

from the desire of being loved;

from the desire of being extolled;

from the desire of being honoured;

from the desire of being praised;

from the desire of being preferred;

from the desire of being consulted;

from the desire of being approved.

 

From the fear of being humiliated,

deliver me, Jesus.

 

Jesus, please deliver me…

from the fear of being despised;

from the fear of suffering rebukes;

from the fear of being calumniated;

from the fear of being forgotten;

from the fear of being ridiculed;

from the fear of being wronged;

from the fear of being suspected.

 

That others may be loved more than I,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

 

Jesus, please grant me the grace to desire…

that others may be esteemed more than I;

that in the opinion of the world,

others may increase and I may decrease;

that others may be chosen and I set aside;

that others may be praised and I unnoticed,

that others may become holier than I,

provided that I may became as holy as I should.

 

Amen

 

[from The Litany of Humility, by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val]

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 6:35

TODAY’S WORD…

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.”

– John 6:35

 

REFLECTION…

Christ is the true Bread – He is to the soul what bread is to the body. He nourishes and supports our spiritual life. Jesus is the food of our souls.

Bread nourishes only by the powers of a living body, but Christ – the living Bread – nourishes by His own power. He is the Bread which came down from heaven – the Divine origin of all the good which flows to us through Him. Christ is our “daily Bread”.

 

QUOTE…

“Like the manna for the people of Israel, for every Christian generation the Eucharist is the indispensable nourishment that sustains them as they cross the desert of this world, parched by the ideological and economic systems that do not promote life but rather humiliate it. It is a world where the logic of power and possessions prevails rather than that of service and love; a world where the culture of violence and death is frequently triumphant.

Yet Jesus comes to meet us and imbues us with certainty: He Himself is “the Bread of life””     – Pope Benedict XVI

 

PRAYER…

I know that You are present, here with me now, O Lord,

and I bow my head to worship You.

I draw close to You, that You may draw near to me.

 

I long to please You. Lord;

I need You.

You are my Bread of life;

You are my daily Bread.

 

Thank You for Your promise,

for Your blessing,

that when we come to You we will never go hungry. Never!

 

Nourish me with Your Bread of life, O Lord,

that I will never stop seeking You

with all my heart, my soul, my mind, and with all my strength!

 

I thank You and I praise You.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Revelation 1:17-18

TODAY’S WORD…

When I saw Him, I fell down at His feet like a dead man.  He placed His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid!  I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One!  I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.  I have authority over death and the world of the dead.”

– Revelation 1:17-18

REFLECTION…

When the glory of Christ, or the glory of God, is manifested, we become so conscious of our insignificance and unworthiness that we are unable to remain standing in His presence. But the risen Christ knows His followers, and He lovingly places His right hand on us and His first words are always of peace and reassurance.

By His death and resurrection Christ overcame death – He has full power over death and over the mysterious world beyond the grave. He has absolute dominion over all – He is the First and the Last!

 

QUOTE…

“Christ is alive. This is the great truth which fills our faith with meaning. Jesus, who died on the cross, has risen. He has triumphed over death; He has overcome sorrow, anguish and the power of darkness” – St. Josemaria Escriva

 

PRAYER…

My Lord and my God, You deserve all glory and honour

You are the First and the Last! You are Lord!

I want to always love You, Lord.

Help me, Lord.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 John 2:3-6

TODAY’S WORD…

We know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands. Whoever says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His Word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.

– 1 John 2:3-6

 

REFLECTION…

Knowing God is not a merely intellectual exercise, and the immensity of God cannot be grasped by our limited understanding. It refers to something much simpler and more important: knowing God means being united to Him by faith and love – by grace.

If we keep His Commandments and obey His Word; if we love Him with all our heart, mind and strength; and if we love one another like He loves us – God’s love is perfected in us.

Above all, our life must identify with that of Christ. We must seek with all our hearts to live and act as He did; to imitate Jesus in all things. We should follow in Jesus’ footsteps and seek walk in humility, patience, and love…as He walked.

 

PRAYER…

My Lord Jesus, my God, my Saviour,

I want to make You the centre of my life.

I want to walk with You by my side.

I want to listen to Your voice

and to follow Your teachings and example.

I want to live like You did.

 

Lord Jesus, hold my hand and guide me

– I want to love like You love.

 

Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 12:44,46

TODAY’S WORD…

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the One who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

– John 12:44,46

 

REFLECTION…

If we do not believe in the Son, then we do not believe in the Father who sent Him. A true Christian believes in Christ, acknowledges Him as the Son of God, trusts totally in Him, gladly accepts His Word, and obeys His teachings and His commands.

Christ is the Light of the world, and through His glorious resurrection the darkness was dispersed. However, it is only those who gladly allow Christ to open their eyes who receive the life-giving rays of His glorious light.

When we believe in Christ and call upon Him in faith, that is when we will begin to see and to understand the Truth.

 

QUOTE…

“…I am not attempting, O Lord, to penetrate Your loftiness, for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it, but I desire in some measure to understand Your truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this too I believe, that unless I believe, I shall not understand.”    – St. Anselm of Canterbury

 

PRAYER…

I believe in You, my Lord, You know I believe.

 

Lord, open the eyes of my heart and fill me with Your Spirit

that I may see and live in the light of Your truth.

Lord, come and take over my intellect,

that I may understand, embrace, obey and rejoice in Your truth.

Amen.

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