“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Ephesians 3:14-19

TODAY’S WORD…

I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

– Ephesians 3:14-19

 

REFLECTION…

What a beautifully deep prayer St. Paul prays…for us. We need to reflect deeply on what St. Paul prays…and make his prayer our own.

The Holy Spirit will then help us focus on the Cross of Christ and make us realise how that Cross illustrates the width, length, height and depth…in other words, the immensity…of God’s love for us.

 

PRAYER…

I fall to my knees and pray to You, Almighty Father,

Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.

I pray that from Your glorious, unlimited resources

You will empower me with inner strength through Your Holy Spirit.

 

O glorious God,

I pray that Jesus will make His home in my heart as I trust in Him.

May my roots grow down into Your love and keep me strong.

And may I have the power to understand,

how wide, how long, how high, and how deep Jesus’ love is.

 

I pray that I may experience the love of Jesus,

though I know it is too great for me to ever fully understand.

Then I will be made complete

with all the fullness of life and power that comes from You, O God.

 

Jesus, thank You for Your love! Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 34:18; Psalm 147:33

TODAY’S WORD…

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

– Psalm 34:18

 

He heals the broken-hearted

and binds up their wounds.

– Psalm 147:33

 

REFLECTION…

True believers, when in distress and no matter how desperate and hurtful the situation, cry out to God. True believers see through their own broken heart and tears and, in the knowledge that God is listening, are comforted in a manner, which is beyond understanding. True believers, in spite of their desperation, know that God sees their plight. They trust in Him and faithfully accept that His will be done, however painful it may be to their human spirit.

True believers look at the praying Jesus in the Garden of Olives, and, again, at the Him on the Cross as He cried out “Father, Father, why have You forsaken Me”. The Holy Spirit will then show them the resurrected Christ, triumphant and glorious, and their spirit will be lifted and they will call upon Christ, who will lovingly help them carry their cross and will once again fill them with faith and hope.

 

PRAYER…

Jesus, I trust in You!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 16:8,11

TODAY’S WORD…

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

With Him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

 

You make known to me the path of life;

You will fill me with joy in Your presence,

with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

– Psalm 16:8,11

 

PRAYER…

I believe in You, O Almighty and Living God.

I believe You know my every thought and prayer before they come to mind.

I believe that You are always with me – here, right by my side.

…..

My God,

with You always so near to me, what is there for me to fear?

With You by my side, O Lord,

I can walk through the darkest valleys of life towards Your gloriously beckoning light.

 

With You so close to me, my joy is tremendous

and my heart rejoices in Your Truth which protects me

and accompanies me along this journey in life.

 

Lord, do not ever permit the eyes of my heart to lose their focus on You.

Do not allow my soul to abandon its Maker

but, rather, let it faithfully yearn for Your eternal promise.

 

For this I pray. Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 5:13

TODAY’S WORD…

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.”

– Matthew 5:13

 

REFLECTION…

Salt preserves food from corruption, and Christ is telling us Christians that by the way we live, through our influence, and by our example, we can preserve goodness in the world around us, keeping it from being taken over by moral corruption. Salt also brings out the flavour of food and makes it more pleasant. So it is with good Christians, who take love, joy and peace everywhere they go.

Significantly, salt disappears into the food that it flavours …and the Christian should do the same. The most important becomes the flavour of the food and not the salt itself. The good Christian makes sure that he or she too disappears into the background as Christ comes to the fore. The glory should be Christ’s, and Christ’s alone.

But, we must be aware that if the salt loses its taste and its qualities, it becomes good for nothing – and it is thrown out as useless. It is constant prayer and, primarily, participating in the Eucharist that protects us against the elements, which are constantly seeking to destroy us.

 

PRAYER…

Holy Spirit, use me.

Preserve me, protect me, and guide me.

Let my life, my words, my deeds,

add flavour to the world around me by giving glory to God,

and as He increases, let me disappear.

Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 5:6

TODAY’S WORD…

Jesus told the crowd, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

– Matthew 5:6

 

REFLECTION…

In the language of the Bible, a righteous person is essentially one who sincerely strives to do the Will of God. God’s will is discovered in the commandments, in one’s duties of state in life (social, professional and family responsibilities), and through one’s life of prayer.

Our Lord is asking us not simply to have a vague desire for righteousness, but to hunger and thirst for it, that is, to love and strive earnestly to seek what makes a man righteous in God’s eyes. “…for they shall be filled.” – never was there a desire to be holy, honest and upright which God was not willing to satisfy.

If we genuinely want to attain Christian righteousness, God will fill us…and not just with that virtue, but, as a consequence of it, with all other good things, particularly with joy and peace, which are the certain effects of being righteous.

If I genuinely want to attain Christian righteousness, then I should make frequent use of the Sacraments; have an intimate relationship with God in prayer; and make a valiant effort to meet my social, professional and family responsibilities…and then I will ”be filled.”

 

PRAYER…

I thank You, Lord,

for everything You have done to save me.

Glory to You, and honour and praise!

 

Lord Jesus,

to You I want to dedicate my life, my all.

Make me righteous, Lord,

and keep me faithful and true.

Make my whole life

an expression of praise and love,

and a reflection of Your glorious grace.

 

Fill me, Lord! Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 3:35

TODAY’S WORD…

Jesus told the crowd, “Anyone who does the will of God, that person is My brother and sister and mother.”

– Mark 3:35

 

REFLECTION…

J Jesus makes such a straight-forward statement – it is so meaningful and so full of promise! Our Lord is telling us that if we follow Him; if we trust in Him and do His will; if we live the Commandments; we will share in His life as intimately as if we were a member of His family.

How important is it for me to feel and to be part of God’s family?

 

QUOTE…

“Everyone who does the will of the Father, that is to say, who obeys Him, is a brother or sister of Christ, because he is like Him who fulfilled the will of His Father. But he who not only obeys but converts others, begets Christ in them, and thus becomes like the Mother of Christ”   – St. Thomas

 

PRAYER…

My Lord, my God, my King,

I so want to be part of Your family.

 

I pray

that I will always love You,

trust in You,

strive to do Your will

and obey Your Commandments,

that I may be a worthy member of Your family.

 

Lord, guide me in giving witness to the hope that You bring,

so that others may be drawn into Your family to share closely in Your love.

 

For this I pray with all my heart. Amen.

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

TODAY’S WORD…

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

– 2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

REFLECTION…

That time is now…more than ever before! Many who claim to be Christian, are interpreting Christianity in a manner to suit them. Many are rejecting their Catholic faith (they no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching) because, they claim, it hasn’t kept up with the times…which basically means that it does not condone the manner in which they want to live their own life. These are the ones who look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

How sad it is that so many reject the truth. How sad it is that by doing so, they reject Christ…who is the Truth!

 

PRAYER…

My Lord and my God, Your Word is life.

My Lord Jesus, Your teachings are the truth – You are the Truth!

 

Lord, stop me from ever seeking

whatever suits my selfishness and my desires.

Remove the scales from the eyes of my heart, O Lord,

and let me see and delight in Your truth.

Free my intellect from its constraints and pride,

and let it begin to understand and acknowledge

the beauty and reality of Your truth.

 

For this I pray. Amen.

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