Scriptural Reference:1 Peter 2:9

Blessed James Alberione says, “Let our soul be permeated with internal joy and holy happiness, giving perpetual praise to our Divine Saviour, who through his victory over sin and death has redeemed us and reconciled us with God….” Besides the common call to holiness binding on every believer, the vocation to give praise is also our common vocation. As a matter of fact, the call to give praise to God is not a call reserved to Priests and Religious alone but for every believer. Our lead passage describes us as a “peculiar people”. Dear friend, we are truly peculiar and what defines that peculiarity as believers is the call of God upon our lives to praise. We truly derive our peculiarity when we genuinely fulfil our call to sing the praises of Him who has called us with a holy call to proclaim His praise. There is no other way to fulfil this destiny. Many believers think that the mandate to proclaim the praise of Yahweh is an option. By this, they perceive that they can either fulfil this divine obligation or not. But dear friend, this can best be taken as a belief in error because the mandate to praise God is not merely an option but a divine command of which failure to fulfil is tantamount to disobedience.

The Psalmist says, “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness; and sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High” (Psa. 7:17). We cannot afford to claim to be disciples of the Lord and at the same time choose to violate His instructions. Today, the Holy Spirit reminds us of this divine mandate. We must therefore, heed this call that demands our praise. Hear the Psalmist, “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of your wonderful deeds.” (Psa. 9:1).

Our lives must sing His praise; our business, career, health, company, sense of dressing, places we visit, attitudes and dispositions and in fact all that we do MUST speak out praise of the God who has called us because this is the end to which He has called us. May God strengthen your spirit as you enjoy His love. The Psalmist concludes today’s reflection thus: “Blessed the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits’ who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases”(Psalm 103: 2-3)

MASS: RED: 1 Jn 1: 5 – 2: 2;Ps 124: 2-3. 4-5. 7b-8(R. 7ab); Mt 2: 13-18 HOLY INNOCENTS, MTS F

Prayer points:

1. Take some songs of worship.

2. Thank God for His steadfast call upon your life.

3. Father, teach me to praise you with all that I have.

4. Father, put a new song in my mouth, in praise of your Holy name.

5. Pray for all praise ministers as led.

EXERCISE: Give some time for praises in your daily schedule

Meditation: Psa. 12:6