Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
So many people have argued that if you see a Catholic Priest, even when he is not putting on the priestly cassock, you can still identify him as a minister of God (one who emits God because he has spent time with God.) Another argument also exists that if you see couples who have lived out their married life in harmony and love, in peace and understanding, as they grow in age, they come to look like each other, to the extent that one mistakes them as related. The same thing happens between us and the Lord. Divine connection today as the Holy Spirit inspires is the kind of relationship we have with Jesus, nurtured daily such that it gets to a level in our relationship with Christ that when people see us they almost mistaken us for Jesus. When people hear you speak, you speak like Jesus. When people hear the kind of words of inspiration and motivation coming from you, they will marvel and say like the people from the hometown of Jesus, is not this carpenter Joseph’s son? Is it not you that used to push wheelbarrow in the market? Is it not that boy from that poor family that used to beg? When we pray, our prayers will make impact, not only in our lives, but in the world around us. A Christian brother was once wondering why the book written by Thomas Kempis: “My Imitation of Christ” is still very relevant to our spirituality even after many years that it was written. The answer that came to me is, “the book is a product of divine connection.” The communion you have with God, the relationship, the struggle and the spiritual exercises you engage in seeking His ways always have physical manifestations. It removes the garment of filthiness and makes us put on the garment of righteousness. Moses’ face radiated God’s glory because he constantly sought the face of the Lord. The Scripture says, “When Moses went down from Mount Sinai carrying the Ten Commandments, his face was shining because he had been speaking with the Lord; but he did not know it. Aaron and all the people looked at Moses and saw that his face was shining, and they were afraid to go near him……Whenever Moses went into the Tent of the Lord’s presence to speak to the Lord, he would take the veil off. When he came out, he would tell the people of Israel everything that he had been commanded to say, and they would see that his face was shining. Then he would put the veil back on until the next time he went to speak with the Lord.” (Exo. 34:29) Having encountered God as Christians, through the power of the Holy Spirit in us, through the deposits of the word of God into our lives, through different forms of spiritual exercises, we radiate the glory of God. Thomas Kempis gives us a clue from the lives of the Holy Fathers of the church. He wrote, “They spent all their time profitably: every hour seemed short which they spent with God …They stood in true humility, they lived in simple obedience, they walked in charity and patience; and therefore they daily advanced in spirit and obtained great favour with God.” When we spend more time with the Lord, all our lives’ output becomes divine. Dear child of God, let the world feel, encounter and taste God because you are a Christian. God is looking for ambassadors; you should be one. Emit God to the world in whatever you do. Can people see another Jesus in you? This is a product of divine connection; a product of divine commitment. All these are products of quality time spent with God in prayers and the word. May nothing stop the flow of divinity in you; for God became man, so that man may become like Him.
MASS: GREEN 2 Cor1:1-7; Ps 34:2-3.4-5.6-7.8-9 (R.9a); Accl. Mt 5:12a; Mt 5:1-12
- Dear Father, I sincerely thank You for allowing your Son Jesus to assume humanity so that we can put on divinity.
- Lord, let me never cease to seek Your face every day of my life in Jesus name.
- O Lord, purify every natural inclination in me that makes me to pay more attention to the desires of the flesh.
- Holy Spirit, come and dwell in me, so that I will manifest the life of God in every area of my life in Jesus name.
- Pray for those who have lost the zeal and love for divinity, that they will encounter the divine power of God.
Exercise: Visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with this prayer intention, “Lord, make me like You”.
Meditation: John 3:30