(Day 5 of Novena Prayers to All Saints)
Scripture Reading: James 1:2-4
sometimes when hardship and difficult times come our way and we do not see the desired outcome, we are blamed that we did not pray enough, fast enough, or maybe had hidden sin in our lives. We believe that we are chosen and though many in the Scripture endured hardships, setbacks and trials, we hold to the belief that we (Christians) are immune from that. How do any of us count difficulty with joy? We do it because we know where our hope comes. We hold on to the Word of God and eternal promises and we trust God in the hard times as much as we do in the easy times.
1 Peter 4:12 tells us not to think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. No matter how godly one is, one is going to encounter difficult or uncomfortable times.
The question is not how to avoid hardship; the question is how do we handle hardship when it comes? Are you being tested, at this time? As Christians, we always have a reason to rejoice even amid the darkness. We have a peace and a joy that the world cannot give nor take away. I know it is tough right now for many of us on many levels, but God is faithful. Count it all joy, brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds. The testing of your faith is an opportunity for the blessing of absolute devotion and commitment to Jesus Christ. To Him be all the glory forever. Amen.
MASS: GREEN/WHITE B.V.M. on Saturday Phil 4:10-19; Ps 112:1b-2.5-6.8a.9; (R.1a) Accl 2 Cor 8:9; Gospel Lk 16:9-15
- Dear Lord Jesus, please give me strength when I am weak, love when I feel forsaken, courage when I am afraid, wisdom when I feel foolish, comfort when I am afflicted, hope when I feel rejected, the joy when I am mourning and peace when I am in turmoil-Amen
- Father, in Christ I count everything I encounter in life as joy. I draw water from the well of salvation with joy, and as Job said, I laugh at the threat, destruction and famine. I am more than a conqueror in Christ, and he always causes me to triumph. I choose joy as an act of faith in the face of my challenges in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen
- Take meditatively the Prayer Self surrender to God, section A in DSD
- Take the other Prayers of our Novena Prayers to All Saints as directed in DSD Section B
Exercise: THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH
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Meditation: 1 Thessalonians 5:16