“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 6:11

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus continued teaching on how to pray,

“Give us this day our daily bread…”

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– Matthew 6:11

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REFLECTION…

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Give us this day our daily bread.

This is a petition

relating primarily to our needs in this present life.

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The significance of this petition in the prayer taught by our Lord Jesus,

is that it becomes a declaration – our declaration –

stating that the material things we truly need in our lives are those that are good and lawful.

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What, as Christians, we obtain through our daily labour,

which is also what we daily implore God for,

we should then receive gratefully as a gift from Him.

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By asking God to support us, by believing and trusting in Him,

as well as by acknowledging that it is He who provides this support,

we needn’t be concerned about our material needs.

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Jesus does not want us to pray for wealth

or to be attached to material things.

Jesus wants us to seek and make Christian, responsible use

of what comes through our work and Divine Providence and meets our needs.

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PRAYER…

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Heavenly Father,

You know my needs – my real needs –

and you know the needs of my loved ones.

Lord, give us this day our daily bread

that we may live in accordance to Your will,

and let us be satisfied and thankful.

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Lord, help me in my work,

that I may be productive

and earn my living fairly and honestly.

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Thank You Lord, for all that You provide.

Thank You.

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Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 6:9-10

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said to the crowd,

“This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father who art in Heaven,

hallowed be Thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

on earth as it is in Heaven…’”

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– Matthew 6:9-10

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REFLECTION…

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Jesus, the Son of God,

teaches us to invoke God as Our Father…in Heaven

because we are indeed His children,

and our feelings towards Him should reflect this wonderful relationship..

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Hallowed by Thy name.

Why pray that His name be hallowed and sanctified?

Because God, who is Holiness Itself,

is sanctified when His holiness is acknowledged and honoured by His creatures

– by us.

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Thy Kingdom come.

The coming of the Kingdom of God

is the realisation of God’s plan of salvation in the world.

The Kingdom establishes itself in the first place in the core of man’s being,

raising us up to share in God’s own inner life

– in this life, through grace,

and in eternal life, where man’s elevation to the supernatural level is fully completed.

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Thy will be done…

This expresses two desires:

that we identify humbly and unconditionally with God’s will,

abandoning ourselves in the arms of the Father;

and that the will of God be fulfilled as we cooperate with it in full freedom.

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…on earth as it is in Heaven.

means that,

just as the angels and saints in Heaven are fully at one with God’s will,

so we too desire and pray to be at one with God’s will on earth.

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PRAYER…

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Our Father,

who art in Heaven,

hallowed be Thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from all evil.

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Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Ephesians 1:18-19a

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TODAY’S WORD…

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened

in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you,

the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,

and His incomparably great power for us who believe…

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– Ephesians 1:18-19a (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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St. Paul, who is the author of these verses,

prays to God and asks that the eyes of our heart be opened

for us to gladly receive a deeper knowledge of Him,

and that we are granted a fuller and livelier hope

– because God and hope are inseparable.

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St. Paul asks for hope to shine more brightly for us who embrace our Christian faith

and prays for the enlightenment of our minds

that we may realise what it truly means to be good and worthy Christians

and to strive to love others in the manner that Jesus taught us.

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Hope is grounded in God’s love and power,

that same power which is instilled in us through our faith

as we contemplate upon God’s eternal plan for our salvation.

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PRAYER…

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Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, I want to see You, to love You, to be like You, to be one with You!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 2 Corinthians 8:9

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was:

He was rich, but He became poor for your sake,

to make you rich out of His poverty.

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– 2 Corinthians 8:9

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REFLECTION…

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Our Lord, in His Incarnation and throughout His life,

gave us a wonderful example of generosity and detachment.

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Our Lord, because He is God, was in need of nothing;

but by becoming man

He voluntarily despoiled Himself of the splendour of His divinity

and lived on earth as a poor man

– from His birth in poverty in Bethlehem to His death on the cross.

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PRAYER…

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My Lord, my King, teach me

how to be generous, like You,

in my love for others.

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Teach me Lord,

how to put love for You and for others

above all else.

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Teach me

how to not let possessiveness and greed

obscure the path You have laid out for me.

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Teach me

how to joyfully leave it all in your Hands,

that Your will be done.

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Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 5:39

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus taught His disciples:

“When someone strikes you on your right cheek,

turn the other one to him as well.”

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– Matthew 5:39

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REFLECTION…

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“When someone strikes you on your right cheek,

turn the other one to him as well.”

Although it is our Lord Jesus who tells us this,

we might still find ourselves objecting…

especially if we take it literally.

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But it is, as always, Jesus Himself

who gives us a practical example of what He means when He says this.

When one of the guards strikes Him on the cheek during the trial before the Sanhedrin,

it is not written that Jesus gave him the other cheek,

but that with calmness He replied:

“If I said something wrong, testify as to what is wrong;

but if I spoke the truth, why do you strike me?” (John 18:23)
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Therefore, in practice,

what is important is not the gesture of turning the other cheek

(which might sometimes be interpreted as provocation),

but not responding to violence with violence,

and to win with calm.
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Jesus’ response to the guard is an example of divine meekness.

Jesus teaches absence of pride and a forgiving attitude.

These must play an essential role in the way we live our lives as Christians

– as followers of Christ.

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PRAYER…

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Lord Jesus, I want to be more like You.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 100:2-3,5

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before Him, singing for joy.

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Know that He, the Lord, is God.

He made us, we belong to Him,

we are His people, the sheep of His flock.

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Indeed, how good is the Lord,

eternal His merciful love.

He is faithful from age to age.

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– Psalm 100:2-3,5

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REFLECTION…

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Even in the midst of suffering and pain, and of problems, difficulties and let-downs,

we must encourage our heavy heart and set our soul free,

and allow us to acknowledge our Maker

and shout for joy,

worship with gladness,

with joyful songs,

with thanksgiving,

with praise,

and to give thanks to Him and praise His name. .

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The Lord knows me inside out,

and He relishes my internal joy and gladness in Him,

and will help me bring it to the surface.

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QUOTE…

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“There’s nothing more contradictory than an unenthusiastic Christian.

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The Bible tells us that God loves us so much,

in fact, that God gave His only Son

so that all who believe in Him will have everlasting life.

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Nothing not even death can separate us from God’s love!

If we really believe that, we can’t help but overflow with joy!”

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– Ronald Newhouse

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PRAYER…

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Holy Spirit, come into my heart

and help me move my focus away from myself and on to Jesus,

who frees and uplifts my soul and brings back my joy.

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Come Holy Spirit, come, that I may again sing for joy to Jesus my Lord!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

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TODAY’S WORD…

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For the love of Christ urges us on,

because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.

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And He died for all,

so that those who live might live no longer for themselves,

but for Him who died and was raised for them.

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– 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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“The love of Christ urges us on”

– it encourages us,

it strengthens our faith

and fills us with determination to soldier on,

as we trust in His love

and hope in His promise.

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The love of Christ should also inspire us

to commit ourselves to respond to His love.

It should fill us with a desire

to bring others to share in His love;

to bring others to the salvation won by Christ.

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QUOTES…

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"Jesus Christ died for us;

by His death He has given us life;

we only live because He died;

He died for us, by us, and in us;

our life then is no longer ours,

but belongs to Him who has purchased it for us by His death:

we are therefore no more to live to ourselves but to Him;

not in ourselves but in Him;

nor for ourselves but for Him"

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– St Francis de Sales

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"We are urged on by the charity of Christ

to take upon our shoulders a part of this task of saving souls. […]

It is impossible to live according to the heart of Jesus Christ

and not to know that we are sent, as He was, ‘to save sinners’,

with the clear realisation that we ourselves need to trust in the mercy of God

more and more

every day.

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As a result, we will foster in ourselves

a fervent desire to live as co-redeemers with Christ,

to save all souls with Him."

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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PRAYER…

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Holy Spirit, come, fill me with the love of Christ,

that I may no longer live for myself

but for Him who lives in me.

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