“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Leviticus 20:26

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Be consecrated to me, because I, the Lord, am holy,

and I will set you apart from all these peoples

so that you may be mine.

– Leviticus 20:26

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REFLECTION…

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All that we own and all our relationships should be consecrated to God

so that they do not become idols in our lives.

No thing or person is to be held above our relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Nearly every Christian has idols in his life.

For some, it is money or material possessions.

For others, it is relationships – good or illicit – with other people.

To some, their parents, children, or spouse, can be an “idol” more important than God.

Others are so concerned about themselves

that their own love of their life becomes an idol ranking before God.

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God wants to set us apart

but it is, as always, up to us to decide which way, or who, to follow.

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One way, is to seek to follow a holy life

– a good life, consecrated to God

and based on following the path of fulfilling altruistic love, genuineness and truth.

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The other way, is to blindly go with the flow

into the glittering world of multiple and instant, though short-lived, moments of self-satisfaction

– a toxic concoction of deception and dishonesty, leading to self-destruction.

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The decision is ultimately ours.

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PRAYER…

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Lord, set me apart.

I don’t want to go where so many seem to be heading to.

Lord, I want to go where You want to take me

– I want to go with You.

Lord, I am Yours, and I want to move ever closer to You.

All that I have…is Yours,

and I am and have nothing if I do not have You in my heart.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit,

who is in you since you received Him from God.

You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for.

That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.

– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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REFLECTION…

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In today’s society, men and women are bombarded with sensual impressions.

It is made to appear that every woman in the world dresses to attract for the wrong reasons.

To dress in a provocative manner, seems to be becoming the norm,

and all are being made to think that this is what every man wants.

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A woman’s dress often reflects her heart

and what’s in her heart is important.

If pleasing God is in her heart,

then she’ll be able to resist the temptation to dress sensually

…and go against the tide of society.

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The way a mother dresses,

sets the example…to her daughters…as well as to her sons.

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Christians are so often called to go against the tide,

and this we should accept as a privilege, not a curse!

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QUOTE…

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“Purity is the glory of the human body in God’s sight.

It is the glory of God in the human body”

– Saint John Paul II

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PRAYER…

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Lord, it is You we want in our heart and it is You we want to follow,

not any trend, fashion or attitude which desecrates Your Temple

and replaces Your glory with a lie.

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Holy Spirit, help me always remember who I am: Your Temple!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-15

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

"Let your light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works

and give glory to your Father who is in heaven"

– Matthew 5:16

Do everything without complaining or arguing,

so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children,

who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people.

You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky.

– Philippians 2:14-15

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REFLECTION…

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In the midst of a world

which increasingly appears to be turning its back on God, on morality and on values,

we Christians should not allow ourselves to act other than in an "innocent and pure" way

– in a way that befits children of God.

Our general behaviour;

our words and deeds;

the philosophies we adhere to;

the fashions we follow;

the values we subscribe to;

– everything matters.

By drawing inspiration from Jesus and from our faith,

our work and our social dealings will be like "stars lighting up the sky",

showing everyone the way – with the light of Christ.

QUOTE…

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"All Christians should make Christ present among men;

they ought to act in such a way

that those who know them sense ‘the fragrance of Christ’ (cf. 2 Cor 2:15).

People should be able to recognise the Master in His disciples"

– St. Josemaria Escriva

PRAYER…

Lord, I so want to be a “light” – for You.

Rid me of my impurities, O Lord.

Refine me, O Holy One,

and use me

to reflect some of Your light on all those around me.

Amen.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 69:1-3; Psalm 69:13-18,29; Psalm 69:30-33

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TODAY’S WORD…

…IS A CRY FOR HELP…

Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.

I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold;

I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.

I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched.

My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.

– Psalm 69:1-3

 

…A CRY OF ABANDONMENT…

My prayer is to You, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of Your steadfast love,
answer me.

With Your faithful help rescue me from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered
[…]from the deep waters.
Do not let the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or the Pit close its mouth over me.

Answer me, O Lord,  for Your steadfast love is good;
according to Your abundant mercy, turn to me.
Do not hide Your face from Your servant,
for I am in distress – make haste to answer me.
Draw near to me, redeem me,
set me free…

…I am lowly and in pain;
let Your salvation, O God, protect me.

– Psalm 69:13-18,29

 

…AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH AND TRUST…

Praise the name of God with a song;
magnify Him with thanksgiving.
[…] Let the oppressed see it and be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
For the Lord hears the needy,
and does not despise His own that are in bonds.

– Psalm 69:30-33

 

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 11:9-10

TODAY’S WORD…

 

Jesus said,

“So I say to you:

Ask and it will be given to you;

seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives;

the one who seeks finds;

and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

– Luke 11:9-10

 

 

REFLECTION…

 

Ask. Seek. Knock.

Do not give up…

do not give in…

have faith…and persevere.

 

Having faith, means trusting in God’s love,

believing in Him,

believing that He is listening.

Having faith also means accepting God’s will in all circumstances,

and that whatever He permits to happen or not happen

is ultimately for our own good and for the good of those we love.

 

May the Holy Spirit enlighten us so that we will not only believe,

but also fully understand and accept that when we ask, we will indeed receive

– even if it is not always exactly what we would have asked for;

that when we seek, we shall indeed find

– even if the result may be different to the one we would have hoped for.

 

Behind that door, that we are encouraged knock on, is the One who loves like nobody else loves.

He welcomes all who knock at His door.

He will always open in response and He will more than gladly ask us in.

It is then up to us to accept His invitation…or not.

 

PRAYER…

 

I ask…I seek…and I knock at Your door, Lord.

I believe. I accept.

 

Here I am, Lord.

Build up my perseverance,

strengthen my character,

reinforce my faith,

and fill me with confident hope of a glorious salvation.

Take me into Your arms, O Lord, and heal me and change me.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 86:3-6

TODAY’S WORD…

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Have mercy on me, Lord,

for I call to You all day long.

Bring joy to Your servant, Lord,

for I put my trust in You.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,

abounding in love to all who call to You.

Hear my prayer, LORD;

listen to my cry for mercy.

– Psalm 86:3-6

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REFLECTION…

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Are you feeling down?

Is it something you did or said,

which you know you should not have?

Is it that lack of self-control

you have on your nerves,

on your habits, your vices,

your thoughts,

your tongue…?

Is it that particular weakness in your character

that keeps letting you down

…and pulling you down?

Are you angry at yourself,

especially because you feel that, once again, you have let God down;

that you have not kept your promise;

that you have succumbed to your weakness…yet again?

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Do you feel lost for words before God

…tongue-tied…embarrassed?

If yes, then He has sent today’s reading specifically for you!

Go, therefore, to that quite place,

bow humbly before Him,

thank Him for giving you the grace of recognising your wrong-doings and omissions

…and He will pick you up

and hold you to Him

and tell you that He loves you.

PRAYER…

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Forgive me, Lord.

Heal me, Lord.

Please hear my prayer, Lord, and have mercy on me.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 10:41-42

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TODAY’S WORD…

 

Jesus said,

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things,

but few things are needed – or indeed only one.”

– Luke 10:41-42

 

 

TWO SAINTS HELP US REFLECT…

 

“Martha, who was arranging and preparing the Lord’s meal,

was busy doing many things,

whereas Mary preferred to find her meal in what the Lord was saying.

In a way she deserted her sister, who was very busy,

and sat herself down at Jesus’ feet and just listened to His words.

She was faithfully obeying what the Psalm said:

‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Ps 46:10).”

– St. Augustine

 

“You must understand now more clearly that God is calling you to serve Him

IN AND FROM the ordinary, material and secular activities of human life.

He waits for us every day, in [every place of work].

Understand this well:

there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations,

and it is up to each of you to discover it […].

There is no other way.

Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life,

or else we shall never find Him.”

– St. Josemaria Escriva

 

 

PRAYER…

 

My Lord, my God,

I so often fail to give priority and importance

to sitting at Your feet and contemplating on You

and to hearing what You have to tell me.

Please forgive me, Lord,

and come and lead me through my day – every day.

 

Grant, O Lord,

that everything I do reflects my love for You

and becomes a joy-filled acclamation of Your great love for me.

 

Grant, O Lord,

that I use my time well – always with You by my side.

Amen.

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