“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 145:18

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TODAY’S WORD…

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The Lord is near to all who call on Him,

to all who call on Him in truth.

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– Psalm 145:18

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REFLECTION…

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The Lord is near those who call upon Him in truth – in faith.

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The false, the skeptical, the impatient, the selfish and the proud

– these push the Lord away.

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The Lord responds with kindness and salvation

to all those who invoke Him with humility and with love,

which is how we should pray.

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As St John of the Cross tells us,

“there is no better way

to be granted the petitions that we hold in our hearts,

than to put all the strength of our prayer into what is most pleasing to God;

for then, He will not only grant us what we ask – our salvation;

He will also give us what He sees we need and what would be good for us,

even though we did not petition Him for it.”

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PRAYER…

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Stay with me, Lord, please stay by my side.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 2 Timothy 2:11-12

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TODAY’S WORD…

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If we have died with Him, then we shall live with Him;

if we hold firm, then we shall reign with Him.

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– 2 Timothy 2:11-12

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REFLECTION…

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By holding firm and dying to sin,

we will stay out of the darkness and bask in the light.

We will have been born into a new life.

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By holding firm and dying to sin,

we will rise to a life of grace,

and, we will reign forever with Christ, our Lord.

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PRAYER…

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Lord, help me hold firm

against all that the world throws at me.

Help me hold firm

against the world’s deceitful suggestions that this is the only life I have,

so I should just live it and satisfy my longings, no matter what.

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My Lord, my Maker,

help me take a broader look at who I am, and why I am.

Help me stop looking selfishly at the now

and, rather, strengthen my determination

to live and work towards the hereafter that You have planned for me,

towards being with You forever.

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Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Philippians 2:3-4

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.

Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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– Philippians 2:3-4

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REFLECTION…

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We should always act humbly and with an upright intention

if we want love to reign among us.

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In our work; in our social life, we should be upright in all our dealings.

We should go about everything, even apparently unimportant things, in a humble way,

doing them for God.

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Kindness and generosity towards others must come from the heart,

must not be boastful or self-serving, but practiced in a humble and loving manner.

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QUOTE…

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"On coming into the world,

man is not equipped with everything he needs for developing his bodily and spiritual life.

He needs others.

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Differences appear tied to age, physical abilities, intellectual or moral aptitudes,

the benefits derived from social commerce, and the distribution of wealth.

The "talents" are not distributed equally.

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These differences belong to God’s plan,

who wills that each receive what he needs from others,

and that those endowed with particular "talents" share the benefits with those who need them.

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These differences encourage and often oblige persons

to practice generosity, kindness, and sharing of goods…”

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– Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 1936-7

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PRAYER…

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Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God,

Divine Saviour, my Generous Redeemer,

grant me the grace

to see others in the way that You did;

to give to others in the way that You did;

to love others unconditionally in the way that You did.

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Lord, help me be more like You.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Philippians 2:9-11

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Therefore God also highly exalted Him

and gave Him the name that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord. [Philippians 2:9-11]

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AMEN!

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PRAYER…

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Jesus, You are Lord!

I bow before You and confess that You are Lord.

You are my Lord…and my God.

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Thank You, Jesus, for all that You have done for me.

Thank You for Your immense and generous love.

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Lord, help me live Your example;

help me overcome my weaknesses and my shortcomings;

help me be more like You.

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Jesus, You are Lord!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 7:6

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TODAY’S WORD…

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‘Lord…I am not worthy to have you come under my roof!

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– Luke 7:6

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PRAYER…

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My Lord, am I ever worthy of Your presence?

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It is not that I do not wish to be worthy,

it is just that You, my Lord, are above everything;

above everyone.

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You are my Creator, my Almighty God,

and I hold You in awe.

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Yet, Your love for me is so great

that You make Yourself available at my asking.

All I have to do is ask, and You will rush into my heart

and fill me with the grace of Your glorious presence.

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I love You, Lord;

I need You, Lord;

I want You, Lord.

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I am not worthy, Lord,

yet come, Lord, come.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 103:1

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Bless the LORD, O my soul;

and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name!

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– Psalm 103:1

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REFLECTION…

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How wonderful it is

when true believers feel their inmost-self stir up to magnify the Lord,

to bless Him.

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When we open up to the Lord,

He fills us with indescribable sentiments of acknowledgement, love and belonging.

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All our faculties, emotions, and capacities, – all of them God-given –

are unleashed to join in a chorus to His praise

and in homage to Him, our Living God.

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PRAYER…

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Deep within, my soul stirs at the thought of You;

at the whisper of Your Holy Name.

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My mind, my heart, my body, my soul

combine in a silent but quivering explosion of love and emotion

as I stop and put all else aside

and focus on You, my Lord, my God, my Saviour.

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Suddenly, Your Holy Spirit takes over

and fills me with this superlative awareness of Your glorious presence.

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Yes, LORD, my soul leaps with joy and my heart beats faster,

as my senses unite in joyful, reverential acknowledgement

of the presence of the One Who Is, Has Always Been, and Will Always Be.

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Yes, bless the LORD, O my soul

and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Micah 6:8

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TODAY’S WORD…

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He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the LORD require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

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– Micah 6:8

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REFLECTION…

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Formal religious worship is not enough for God

In other words, being religious is not enough,

even though it may indicate a reverence for God.

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Religiosity basically implies that one is a follower of a religion

– but a person can be religious without being spiritual.

God wants our love for Him to be a spiritual experience

and not a formality.

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God urges us to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength

…and…to love our neighbour.

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This involves our obedience towards Him,

which in turn means

practicing justice and loving charity towards our neighbour.

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Our religion sets us on the right path, and seeks to keep us there.

However, it is up to us whether to walk with the Lord, and learn

and accept to live our lives under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

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I can only claim to be a Spiritual believer

when I learn the great value of living by the Spirit

– the true Spirit of the Living God

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PRAYER…

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Jesus, I want to walk humbly with You.

Grant, my Lord, that I will always let myself go into Your arms,

to be led by Your Spirit

into the wonder of walking Your realm on this earth,

with a heart full of love, and joy, and peace – whatever my circumstances.

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