Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-2
The daily renewing of the mind is also known as daily spiritual growth. Spiritual growth can be nothing but a continuous turning to Christ. In this, we come to understand an astonishing truth, that spiritual growth is really a growth in relationship, and a constant deepening of our relationship with Christ. We grow through our awareness of Christ’s constant presence, and of His constant love for us. We grow as our trust in Him grows. We grow through becoming closer to Him.
Christ offers us many paths to meet Him, many means to grow closer to Him. Primary among these, of course, is faith itself. Then comes the sacraments. And among the sacraments there is the Eucharist in which “heaven and earth meet.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian life,” and this is certainly so. Through His Church, Christ offers us many ways to deepen our relationship with Him. It is up to us to take them seriously. We have the sacraments, of course, each one of them is unique and inexhaustible fountain of graces. We also have the sacramentals and many prayers of the Church.
They will bring us into deeper intimacy with Christ. It is sad but true that many Catholics today do not really understand this. As they strive to grow spiritually they ignore the most important pathways to the only One who can offer them true spiritual growth.
If we want to grow in our spiritual lives, we must do the following: Truly participate in the Holy Sacrifice of Mass. Many people attend Mass in a distracted frame of mind. Yet in the Mass we encounter Christ in a unique and unsurpassable way. We must be fully present and prepared. We should not rush into Church thinking of a thousand things. We must enter the Church filled with joy and gratitude, knowing that we are going to meet our great Love. Our time at Mass should be suffused with prayer. It should also be filled with anticipation, for during Communion Christ comes to us and lives with us and offers us infinite love. After Mass we should linger before the tabernacle filled with thanksgiving for what we have so graciously been given. We shall continue tomorrow.
1 Peter 1:3-9; Ps 111:1b-2.5-6.9.10c(R.1b) Accl 2 Cor 8:9; Gosp Mk 10:17-27 WEEKDAY
1. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for directing and illuminating my mind. In Your love, lead me the way I should go in all affairs of life. Please lead me by an inward witness; enlighten the eyes of my understanding. Grant me wisdom inwardly so that I can love You perfectly and do that which pleases You always, in Jesus name.
Exercise: Join the (DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (TIME:1.00 am to 2.00 am) Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber.
DSPN Prayer Points:
1. Welcome to the third night of our strategic prayer of pulling down Jericho walls.
2. Take this song for the next 3 to 5 minutes: “Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on 2X melt me, mold me, fill me and use me. Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.”
3. Take the prayer, “Spirit of the Living God” in “AMEN IT IS DONE page 22
Meditation: Isaiah 48:17.