Scripture Reading:Luke 1:46-56
Hannah, in praise of the name of the mighty God, exclaimed, “The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil……. He raises up the poor from dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, and makes them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour.” (1 Sam. 2:4-8)
St. John Chrysostom says, “There is nothing which so much aids to keep the soul in tranquillity and calm as meekness and modesty.” St. Jane Francis Chantel, married at a young age of 21, but became a widow seven years after. As expected, the trauma was much but she exercised the twin virtues of perseverance and humility, working diligently to educate her children. She abandoned the world and its attractions.
No wonder Cyprian said, “We have solemnly renounced the world and therefore as we continue in it, we should behave like strangers and pilgrims.” God took notice of the lowliness of Jane, imbued her with the grace of service and devotion. The misfortunes of life did not stop her from attracting God’s delight. Beloved, as the year comes to an end, what can you say is your relationship with the Lord? St. Paul says, “God choose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one would boast in the presence of God.” (1 Cor. 1:28 -29). Through the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross, God brought low the esteemed things of this present age. By this, God declares his preference for persons who consider themselves as nothing, acknowledging the supremacy of God, over all things.
The Psalmist says, “The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate all evil doers.” (Psa. 5:5). Beloved as we enter into the last month of the year, it is important for us to start self-spiritual audit regarding our relationship with Christ. What has been your attitude? Are you still in the habit of seeing yourself as better, holier and more devoted than others? Are you still hard hearted, wicked believing that vengeance belongs to you and not God? God hates the boastful and proud but delights in the lowly at heart. Our Blessed Virgin Mary caught the attention of God Almighty as a suitable vessel through whom the Son of man should come into the world because of her lowly state. Beloved as we count down to the last days of 2017, decide to rededicate yourself to the Lord in humble devotion.
MASS: RED: Acts 6: 8-10; 7: 54-59; Ps 31: 3cd-4. 6 and 8ab. 16bc and 17(R.6a); Mt 10: 17-22 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR F
1. Take the song, Create a new heart in me O Lord….”
2. What are those things and attitudes that make it difficult for you to please the Lord.Pray about them now.
3. Pray for all DSD family members for God’s guidance throughout the remaining part of the year.
Exercise: Pray for all your family members as you encourage them to be part of the 21-day fasting programme starting 2nd January 2018.
Meditation: Phil. 2:3.