Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:8 – 15
V. 8 of our scriptural reference today says, “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day.” Welcome to today’s reflection. Life is long, many say; while some others would say, life is short. In whichever dimension one looks at life, it is important from time to time for man to take a long view of life. In Psalms 39:4, the Psalmist says, “Lord let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” No matter how long or short man lives, the duration is known by God and only but a day in His sight. Beloved, it does not matter, therefore how long; what is important is your relationship with Christ during the period. So it is simply, “Taking the long view about the way and manner you had lived from birth.” Dear friend in Christ, you have the free will to serve or not to serve God.
As the scripture says, “Death was not God’s doing, He takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.” (Wisdom 1:13). Unfortunately, whoever decides to live outside the warm embrace of the LORD shall defiantly face eternal death (extinction). On the other hand whoever is in a good relationship with the Master, Jesus Christ, shall not die but live in everlasting bliss with Him. No wonder St. Ambrose says, “The foolish fear death as the greatest of evils, the wise desire it as a rest after labours and the end of ills.” It is therefore the extent to which man commits his days here on earth unto the Lord that determines where his final home becomes. Hence, Jean Jacques Rousseau says, “When a man dies, he clutches in his hands only that which he has given away in his lifetime.”If you sowed good seeds while alive, harvests of good deeds shall fill your hands. If however you sowed evil seeds, of course, harvests of evil shall fill your hands also. Dear friend, the promises of the Lord our God are trustworthy. They are as pure as, refined seven times in the furnace. (Psa. 12:6). His promise is eternal life, through His only Son Jesus Christ; but man decided to follow the life of perdition. Today, the Holy Spirit invites us, now that we are still living to take a long view of life and the abundant opportunity given us to receive and accept the salvation of Christ. Hear this: “A Sister (34 years) complained that she had faced many disappointments from suitors. I asked her if she kept her own holy aspect of the relationship by refusing to offer herself to them. Her answer was emphatic, NO! God cannot be deceived. How can you expect so great a blessing from the same God after denying His love for you, by engaging in premarital sex? If you are in this spiritual mess, go to God today in repentance and He will answer you. Beloved, as the day of the Lord approaches, there is urgent need to realign your priorities in life. The time has come for you to take in-depth personal audit of your life vis-a-vis the standard of God. In 2 Peter 3:11, the Word of God warns that your lives should be holy and dedicated to God.
MASS: VIOLET Est C: 12. 14-16. 23-25; Ps 138: 1-2ab. 2cde-3. 7c-8; Mt 7: 7-12 LENTEN WEEKDAY/ FRANCES OF ROME, MW, RF
Take a worship song to praise God.
In Zephaniah 1:14 – 18, the Word of God advises us to take a long view of our lives, because the day of the Lord shall be terrible. Holy Father, give me the grace to exercise caution in my way of life (mention) so that I can relate smoothly with You.
In your love, You promised mankind a new heaven and a new earth of righteousness; grant me O loving Lord the needed grace to live a life pleasing to You in Jesus name.
Take meditatively the prayer of “St. Padre Pio”.
Pray for all Users of Daily Strength who are still battling with the common sins of fornication and adultery.
Exercise: Ensure that you see a priest for confession.
Meditation: Zephaniah 1:18