Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 2:3-4, 8

God commissioned Ezekiel to be a prophet to the nation of Israel, but He wanted Ezekiel to be warned: Over and over in these few verses, God described how Ezekiel was sent to a rebellious people. This word was used repeatedly here and elsewhere in the book of Ezekiel. God wanted Ezekiel to understand his audience and to be ready for the negative reaction his ministry would receive.

Ezekiel needed to realize that he was not involved in a popularity contest. He could not be distracted by the reactions of other people or worry whether others would reject him. He had to focus on God and stay obedient to His directions. Ezekiel also needed to be warned that he should not be affected by the rebellious attitudes of the people around him. He needed to retain a pure relationship with God and continue to obey Him, regardless of what other people said or did.

These same lessons apply to you and I. People around us may want to go their way, set their standards, and rebel against God and His laws. We must not allow this rebellion to affect our lives. Focus on God and fill our mind and heart with His Word. Do not be discouraged if you experience resistance or feel rejected. Your reward will come from being faithful and obedient to God and His Word.

As believers, we believe that God is the captain of our ship. When we start to lose sight of our captain, we start to steer our ship. Not only does this lead to going the wrong way, but it can lead us in the direction of trials, sin, missed opportunities, and missed blessings. When we allow other things to consume our lives we drift away from God. God says, “draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” (James. 4:8).

MASS: RED ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, B.M (MEMORIAL) Eph 1:15-23; Ps 8:2-3a.4-5.6-7(R.6a) Accl Jn 15:26b.27a; Gospel Lk 12:8-12

Prayer Points:

  1. Father, keep me sensitive to Your Word. Keep me from being distracted by the rebellions in the world. Help me to be faithful to You amidst all distractions in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord
  2. Father, please help us to stay focused on the tasks we have before us. No matter the distractions that may arise from the enemy, grant me the needed help to keep my eyes fixed on You in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
  3. Pray for the DSD Team to be focussed despite the arrows of distractions flying to them from many directions.
  4. Pray for all church leaders that they may remain focussed even in the face of threats and attacks.

Exercise: Share this reflection with someone else today. REMEMBER TO CONTINUE PRAYING THE ROSARY OF MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP IN DSD SECTION A from 11th -31st Oct.

Meditation: Hebrews 12:2