Scriptural Reading: Psalms 80:1 —19
Welcome to today’s reflection; let us begin today’s reflection with the story of the Israelites when they were taken into captivity in Babylon. “There they sat and wept, how could they sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land.” With this they cried to the Lord. “Lord, the invaders have invaded your land, they have shattered the place where you dwell, and they have battered the wood of your sanctuary, the place where you have made your home.” And they cried aloud to God, “Lord God of host bring us back that we may call upon your name.”
There are so many who are living in gloom and in darkness, in fact they are living in their yesterday, painfully regretting what their life has become over the years and they are not finding it easy with moving forward any more. These people are in chains and they are in prison spiritually. Nothing of God interests them anymore; they live in their former encounter with God. They pride themselves with talks like, I used to see vision, I used to speak in tongues, etc. But how about now? If you are among these categories of persons, begin now to retrace your steps and ask the Lord of Host to bring you back to let His light shine on you so that you will be restored.
Before the Israelites were taken into captivity, they were the people of God, but God did not save them or prevent them from being captured, because of their sins. The scripture says that, “Is God’s hand too short to give to you or his ear deaf that he cannot hear you, but your sins have separated you from God.” “What can separate us from the love of God? Is it sin, hardship, trials, persecution? Know that in all this we are more than conquerors.” (Rom. 8:35-37) Know this: “We can do all things through Christ that strengthened us.” (Phil. 4:13)
Beloved, like the Israelites, call on the Lord today. Ask Him to have mercy upon you, restore you unto holiness of life. Ask Him to lift from you the heavy burden of sin upon your shoulders. Ask the Lord to shield you from the evil consequences of the sins of your ancestors. God will bring you back and restore the joy of your salvation, and deliver you from every distress and destroy the chains and cast the bars of
So dear friends in Christ, have you lost touch with God? Are you still fanning into flame that gift God gave you or living in your past glory when it comes to spiritual matters? Pray now that God should bring you back and restore the joy He gave you long ago. For only in Him do we live and move and have our being. (Acts.17:28) “Cut out of me you can do nothing.” (John. 15:5) He is our source of life and strength and in His light we see life.
Tit 2: 1-8. 11-14; Ps 37: 3-4. 18 and 23. 27 and 29; (R.39a); Accl Jn 14:23; Lk 17: 7-10
- Begin with this song: “Restore unto me the joy of my salvation! O Lord my God. (x2)
- Pray and ask the Lord for the forgiveness of sins.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to come upon you.
- Thank God for restoring you back.
Exercise: Visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with all your heart today.
Memory Verse: Phil. 4:13.