“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 70:1

TODAY’S WORD…

Please, God, rescue me!

Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

– Psalm 70:1

 

REFLECTION…

Undoubtedly the Lord wants to restore us and to heal us, but equally true is that there are many clouds in our sky and the idea of trials and troubles, distresses us.  We must never be afraid to express ourselves and our sorrow to the Lord.

Do not be afraid to express your heart before the Lord, even your sorrow. Do not be ashamed to cry. Trials test our love for God by how we react to them. If we love ourselves more than God we will rebel, become upset and bitter. But if we supremely love God, and trust in Him, and mean it when we say “Your will be done!”, then we will find ourselves thanking Him for what He is accomplishing in us…through our troubles!

[sourced from a talk by Dr. Andrew Consiglio]

 

QUOTES…

“It is good when a Christian gets into a lot of hot water…it keeps him clean!”   – G. K. Chesterton

 

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”   – 1 Peter 5:10-11

 

PRAYER…

Please, God, rescue me!

Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

My Lord and my God,

rescue me from my troubles;

rescue me from myself.

 

Come quickly, O Lord, my God,

I love You

and I need You by my side.

 

Thank You, Lord.  Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 119:2,10,40

TODAY’S WORD…

Happy are those who follow His commands,

who obey Him with all their heart.

With all my heart I try to serve You;

keep me from disobeying Your commandments.

I want to obey Your commands;

give me new life, for You are righteous.

– Psalm 119:2,10,40

 

REFLECTION…

I cannot offer sincere praise to God, unless I desire to obey His Commandments, and because I know that what He commands is to ensure that I have a safe journey in this life, then I am filled with joy!

 

QUOTE…

“At all times, your heart and your lips should meditate on wisdom, and your tongue proclaim justice; you should always carry in your heart the Law of your God. Let us speak, therefore, of the Lord Jesus, who is Wisdom; and He is the word, the Word of God. For it is also written: ‘Open your mouth to the word of God.’ The one who repeats His words and meditates on them in his heart shows his longing for Him.

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Let us always speak of Him: if we speak of wisdom, He is Wisdom; if we speak of virtue, He is all virtue; if of justice, He is justice; if of peace, He is peace; if of truth or of life, or of redemption – He is all these things.”   – St. Ambrose

 

PRAYER…

Lord, I want to obey Your commands;

I want to be filled with Your joy!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 19:8-11

TODAY’S WORD…

The commandments of the LORD are right,

bringing joy to the heart.

The commands of the LORD are clear,

giving insight to life.

Reverence for the LORD is pure,

lasting forever.

 

The laws of the LORD are true;

each one is fair.

They are more desirable than gold,

even the finest gold.

They are sweeter than honey,

even honey dripping from the comb.

 

They are a warning to those who hear them;

there is great reward for those who obey them.

– Psalm 19:8-11

 

REFLECTION…

God’s Commandments lead us into right and straight paths of truth and holiness and, as we stand in awe of the Lord who cleanses our soul from all that blemishes it, their effect is joy to the heart.

The truths in the Word of God and all the doctrines of the Gospel are, to those who have found the Truth, more desirable, prized and valued, than all worldly riches and possessions. Scripture helps us taste and see how good the Lord is, and how pure and delightful is His Truth – sweeter than honey!

God’s laws have been written for our instruction and for our salvation. They are a warning about the consequences of moving along our own selfish paths, and they direct us along the right way which leads to the great reward of eternal glory and happiness.

 

PRAYER…

My Lord and my God, I have decided

– I have chosen You!

Lord, I have searched and I have found

…that Your Word is Truth;

Your commands, Wisdom;

and Your purpose, Love.

 

I have tried to argue, and to compare,

yes and even to ridicule Your teachings,

but, with the help of Your grace,

I have found out and now I know – I am convinced –

that Yours is the Only Truth.

 

My Lord and my God,

I am determined,

I have decided

– I have chosen You!

Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Amos 5:14

TODAY’S WORD…

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say He is.

– Amos 5:14

 

REFLECTION…

This is a simple but clear call to conversion, directed at believers. We often need to look inside ourselves to realise and admit that in our, sometimes blind, efforts to satisfy our ego and our yearnings, we so often seek that which is not good for our soul.

If we truly believe, then we should seek what is good, because we ought to be very well aware that there, in what is good, we will find God…and that is when we shall truly live!

 

PRAYER…

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

 

I believe in You, O Lord,

and my soul yearns for You,

yet I am weak and selfish,

…and foolish enough to seek what goes against Your Truth.

 

Lord, I want to truly live with You in my heart.

Come Lord, and cleanse me

and fill me with life

and with Your love, joy and peace.

 

I love You Lord.

Forgive me Lord.

Renew me Lord.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 20:28

TODAY’S WORD…

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed to Jesus.

– John 20:28

 

REFLECTION…

Thomas’ doubted – He had not believed his friends and fellow disciples about Jesus having appeared to them. He insisted that only if he saw for himself and touched Jesus’ wounds, would he then believe. Gentle, loving and understanding Jesus allows Thomas to do so, and that is when Thomas’ lets out, from the bottom of his heart, this short yet profound assertion of faith, “My Lord and my God!”

We too can be like Thomas, at various stages of our lives. We too can become almost irreverent towards the Lord in those moments when our faith is tested by circumstances in our lives, or influenced by an increasingly Godless world.

Jesus, who loves us and who so understands our humanity, wants us, encourages us, to go to Him in those dark moments and to insist with Him about our doubts.  Jesus knows it when we sincerely want to believe, and He will touch us in ways which are beyond our own understanding, and our incredulity will be healed…and our heart will recognise its Maker and cry out, “My Lord and my God!”

 

PRAYER…

Jesus, my Lord,

please let me touch Your wounds

so that my faith may be strengthened.

Your amazing love for me is reflected in Your wounds of suffering and death,

which saved me and gave me life.

 

Thank You Jesus for Your gentleness and kindness,

and for helping me truly acknowledge You as my Lord and my God!

 

Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 50:16-22

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TODAY’S WORD…

God says to the wicked:

“Why bother reciting My decrees

and pretending to obey My covenant?

For you refuse My discipline

and treat My words like trash.

 

When you see thieves, you approve of them,

and you spend your time with adulterers.

Your mouth is filled with wickedness,

and your tongue is full of lies.

You sit around and slander your brother –

your own mother’s son.

 

While you did all this, I remained silent,

and you thought I didn’t care.

But now I will rebuke you,

listing all My charges against you.

Repent, all of you who forget Me…”

– Psalm 50:16-22

 

REFLECTION…

God scolds “the wicked” – the evil and the morally wrong; those who in their hypocrisy try to deceive God and are disloyal towards Him and towards others. Such persons, in their utter selfishness act like as if God may be looking the other way – they appear to convince themselves that His apparent silence is tacit approval of their behaviour.

Such egocentric persons’ notion of God is in keeping with their small-mindedness, and it amounts to losing sight of the True God. There is a price – the biggest of them all – to be paid by such persons, unless they mend their ways.

 

QUOTE…

“In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare. The Last Judgement will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life.”   – Catechism of the Catholic Church 1039

 

PRAYER…

My Lord and my God,

I believe in You and in Your omnipresence.

Remove my hypocrisy, Lord,

cleanse me from my sins,

and forgive my selfish attitudes.

 

Lord, I so want to honour You.

I so want to be saved.

I love You, Lord.

Forgive me, Lord

 

Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 5:36

TODAY’S WORD…

Jesus said, “Do not be afraid; only have faith.”

– Mark 5:36

 

REFLECTION…

Jesus forever lovingly reassures us, “Do not be afraid; only have faith” ; “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (Jn 14:1); “I am with You, always.” (Mat 28:20)

Faith is the only remedy against grief and fear. If we truly believe in the Resurrection, then we shall fear not. Believers who seek to do God’s will cannot expect not to face problems in their lives. In fact it can be quite the contrary, because doing the right thing, in a world urging us to do the complete opposite, can be a daunting task.

But, because we have faith, and because we believe in Jesus’ promises, we shall find comfort in our trials and situations, and overcome them with that inner joy and peace that only knowing the Truth and believing in Jesus can bring.

 

PRAYER…

My Lord Jesus,

You are the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I believe in You Lord

and I shall walk with You – come what may.

 

Lord, thank You for Your comforting love,

for Your loving reassurance,

for Your precious encouragement,

and for Your glorious promise of life everlasting.

 

You are my Shepherd, O Lord,

and I shall not be afraid.

Thank You, Lord.

I love You, Lord.

 

Amen.

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