A lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 15:4

TODAY’S WORD…

“Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you.
A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine.  In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.”              – John 15:4

 

REFLECTION…

Our Lord is emphasising that anyone who is separated from Him is good for nothing, just like a branch separated from the vine.
Apart from the Lord, we are nothing and we can do nothing.

The life of union with Christ is necessarily something which goes far beyond one’s private life: it has to be focused on the good of others.

We also must not separate our union with Christ from our ordinary life, since through the very performance of our tasks and duties, which are God’s will for us,  we will actually be promoting the growth of our union with the Lord.

It follows that a person who is not united to Christ by means of grace, will eventually rot and be discarded.

 

PRAYER…

Jesus, You give me life.
Make me one with You, Lord.
Help me become the person You created me to be.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 18:1

TODAY’S WORD…

One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up…                                                                                                                                                    – Luke 18:1

REFLECTION…

Jesus wants us to persevere in prayer and to do so with confidence and faith.
God, who is infinitely just, and who is our Father, listens to the persevering prayer of His children and never fails to respond justly if they persist in seeking His help.

They should always pray and never give up.
Here is what Pope Saint John Paul II tells us about the need to pray:

“Why must we pray?

1. We must pray first and foremost because we are believers. Prayer is in fact the recognition of our limitation and our dependence: we come from God, we belong to God and we return to God!
We cannot, therefore, but abandon ourselves to Him, our Creator and Lord, with full and complete confidence […].

Prayer, therefore, is first of all an act of intelligence, a feeling of humility and gratitude, an attitude of trust and abandonment to Him who gave us life out of love.
Prayer is a mysterious but real dialogue with God, a dialogue of confidence and love.

2. We, however, are Christians, and therefore we must pray as Christians. For the Christian, in fact, prayer acquires a particular characteristic, which completely changes its innermost nature and innermost value. The Christian is a disciple of Jesus;
he is one who really believes that Jesus is the Word Incarnate, the Son of God who came among us on this earth.

As a man, the life of Jesus was a continual prayer, a continual act of worshipand love of the Father and since the maximum expression of prayer is sacrifice,
the summit of Jesus’ prayer is the Sacrifice of the Cross,
anticipated by the Eucharist at the Last Supper
and handed down by means of the Holy Mass throughout the centuries.

Therefore, the Christian knows that his prayer is that of Jesus; every prayer of his starts from Jesus;
it is He who prays in us, with us, for us.
All those who believe in God, pray; but the Christian prays in Jesus Christ: Christ is our prayer!

3. Finally, we must pray because we are frail and guilty.
It must be humbly and realistically recognised that we are poor creatures, confused in ideas, tempted by evil, frail and weak,
in continual need of inner strength and consolation.

Prayer gives the strength for great ideas, to maintain faith, charity, purity and generosity.
Prayer gives the courage to emerge from indifference and guilt, if unfortunately one has yielded to temptation and weakness.
Prayer gives light to see and consider the events of one’s own life and of history in the salvific perspective of God and eternity. Therefore, do not stop praying!
Let not a day pass without your having prayed a little!
Prayer is a duty, but it is also a great joy, because it is a dialogue with God through Jesus Christ!

Every Sunday, Holy Mass: if it is possible for you, sometimes during the week. Every day, morning and evening prayers, and at the most suitable moments!”

PRAYER…

Jesus, teach me how to pray.
Draw me close to You, Lord, and lead me into prayer.
Take over my heart and mind and place my focus on You.
Increase my faith and help me persevere and stay firm in love and truth.
Lord Jesus, I love You and I trust in You!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.”

ALWAYS SEEK GOD’S GUIDANCE…

“Show me Your ways, LORD, teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are God my Saviour, and my hope is in You all day long.”
– Psalm 25:4-5

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
– James 1:5

“I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
– Psalm 16:7-8

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
– Psalm 32:8

 

PRAYER…

Thank you, Lord, for being there for me
and for allowing me to cry out to You in my times of need.
It is amazing to me that the Lord of the Universe would take time to listen to me
and to care about what I say.

O Lord, my Saviour, there are things happening around me right now that I do not understand.
Some of these things make me feel weak, helpless and afraid.
Even in the midst of this, I know that You are the Lord.

I know that the situation is in Your hand, and I trust You.
I beseech You for strength and for wisdom
that I would be able to endure this situation
and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory and honour to Your Holy Name. Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 119:89-91

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TODAY’S WORD…

Your Word, O Lord,  for ever stands firm in the heavens:

Your truth lasts from age to age,

like the earth You created.

By Your decree it endures to this day;

for all things serve You.

– Psalm 119:89-91

 

REFLECTION…

 

Wonderful, isn’t it, how God’s Word remains valid,

continually attesting to His unfailing power and unchanging care.

 

God’s truth is unparalleled,

and He continues to speak to us

– to those who want to listen – through Holy Scripture.

He continues to nourish us through His Divine Word,

and to lead us to the truth.

 

When Jesus Christ came among us He fulfilled the Old Testament,

and we, as Christians, honour and revere the Old Testament, and interpret it through Him.

The Old Testament prepares for the New.

The New Testament, therefore, fulfills the Old.

The two shed light on each other; both are the true Word of God.

 

QUOTES…

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet

and a light for my path”

– Psalm 119:105

 

All Sacred Scripture is but one book,

and this one book is Christ.”

– Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC134)

 

PRAYER…

My Lord, my God,

thank You for Your everlasting Word.

Thank You for Your Book,

which is like Your outstretched hand reaching out to hold mine.

 

Father in Heaven, I pray, in Jesus’ name,

that I will always fervently listen out for Your voice

and eagerly hold Your hand,

and that, with the help of Your Holy Spirit,

I will let Your Word guide me through life.

 

Lord, Your Word is a lamp to my feet

and a light for my path.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Ezekiel 47:9

 

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TODAY’S WORD…

‘Wherever the river flows,

all living creatures teeming in it will live.

…wherever the water goes it brings health,

and life teems wherever the river flows.’

– Ezekiel 47:9

 

REFLECTION…

The vision of the river revitalising everything it meets as it flows,

is so inspiring…and uplifting;

Christ is so much like that river – that river is Christ!

 

Once the water of this river touches us

our sins and impurities are washed away,

and we walk out of the water, our hearts filled with grace,

with fear of the Lord and with hope in Jesus.

 

O River, River of love

River of fresh and living water,

River of life and healing.

Powerfully flowing out from Christ

flowing out from the heart of Jesus,

approaching, so as to touch our lives,

Let us open the door for this river

and let Jesus Christ enter triumphantly!

a free translation of the original Maltese song of worship Xmara]

 

PRAYER…

Flow, river flow!

Come Lord Jesus,

and flood me with your grace and mercy.

 

Quench my great thirst, Lord,

heal me, wash me clean,

renew me…and give me life!

Amen

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 John 3:18

TODAY’S WORD…

My children,

our love is not to be just words or mere talk,

but something real and active.

– 1 John 3:18

 

REFLECTION…

Love for others – following our Lord’s example – must go beyond mere talk;

it must show itself in deed and in truth.

 

There is no comfort in the selfish heart

– it is full of darkness and un-admitted desperation.

 

It is the generous heart, which gives from itself to others,

that is full of light which overflows on to others

and uplifts those in need of loving compassion.

 

True love is expressed in actions, actions that are guided by truth.

If we ‘close our heart’ when we see others in need

– then we do not truly love.

 

QUOTE…

“We may give without loving,

but we cannot love without giving.”

attributed to Bernard Meltzer

 

PRAYER…

My Lord and my God,

do I love others in the manner You want me to?

 

Forgive me, Lord,

for so often looking for reasons and excuses

why I am unable to be caring towards others.

 

Lord, I pray that my love be directed

beyond those who love me in return.

Help me give, also and especially,

to those who cannot give me anything back in return.

 

 

Lord, teach me how to love .

– for this I pray with all my heart. Amen

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Isaiah 42:16

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TODAY’S WORD…

“I shall make the darkness that is around them into light.

I shall make crooked things straight.”

– Isaiah 42:16

 

REFLECTION…

It is after having met the Lord,

after having welcomed Him into your heart

and let Him take over,

that you start to understand what He says;

that you begin to realise

how dark it was before you allowed Him into your life.

It is when I let the Holy Spirit change me, mould me and fill me,

that I readily acknowledge and admit

how crooked I was before His divine action began to “straighten” me out.

 

PRAYER…

Thank You, Lord,

For helping me see myself as I truly am.

 

In Your presence, Lord,

I remove all my masks and pull down all my defences

– You make me see myself as I truly am;

– You encourage me and make me want to change

to become more like You.

Lord, remove all that is dark from me

and fill me with Your light.

 

Lord, never stop straightening me,

Come, Lord Jesus, shine on me

and make me a better person.

Amen.

 

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