Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:58
St. John Paul 11 opens today’s reflection with these wonderful counsel, “I encourage you, be man and woman of deep and abiding faith. Be heralds of hope. Be messengers of joy. Be true workers of justice. Let the Good News of Christ radiate from your hearts and the peace He alone gives remain forever in your souls.” Our scriptural reference today says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Beloved in Christ, you are today called to appreciate the obvious fact of your calling in Christ Jesus. Every Christian is called by faith to be abounding always in the work of the Lord. Christianity is not a career, for it is not something you choose, but, it is something you received. In a Career, such as Engineering or Medicine, whatever you do is for self but the Christian calling is
primarily to please God. While career promises status, power, payments in terms of money or gratis, calling promises some difficulties, sufferings and a golden opportunity to be used by God despite ones unworthiness. A calling cannot be terminated or end by way of cessation of appointment, rather, it ends in death. On the contrary, careers can be terminated by a number of events such as of low performance, poor economic wellbeing of establishment, etc. Though God’s call on your life can entail difficulties, deprivations and sufferings, the Lord of the call is usually more than able to provide and protect even in the most difficult moments.
Beloved in Christ, the road to eternity is rough and only the one who is decided can access it. The Christian life is one which leaves us unreservedly for Jesus. Your life must be decided for Him. It must be a conscious effort. You must be determined and decided. Be active in the house of God. Take things of God seriously and be decided at all times to be the best for Him. A true Christian is a disciple whose greatest desire is to impact his generation with the gospel of Jesus whether in spoken words or in action. Dear child of God, today the Holy Spirit advises you to “Offer yourself today as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” (Rms. 12:1b) So as the year 2016 gradually winds up, let us gear ourselves up in prayers, rededicate yourself to God and be obedient to His will. Let us prepare to start 2017 in His presence by being part of the 21 days fasting and prayers starting Friday 6thJanuary,2017.
Is 7: 10-14; Ps 24: 1-2. 3-4ab. 5-6 (R. 7c, 10c); Lk 1: 26-38
ADVENT WEEKDAY II
- Take the prayer of “Self-Consecration” to God (take meditatively).
- Make this declaration:
Father in heaven, it is my desire to offer myself unto You as a living sacrifice dedicated to You. Lord it is actually my utmost desire to work for You, in church, family and society, but I am very weak. I am full of self-ego and pride. I am simply a wretched sinner, transgressing Your laws daily. Daddy, come to my aid. Like St. Pio prayed, “I need You to stay with
me.” Like St. Francis of Assisi, “I desire to be an instrument of your peace.” Therefore Lord, God of mercy, use me to announce Your person and glory to the world. Let my spiritual weakness turn to strengths by the overshadowing power of Your Spirit. Keep me safe O’ Lord and make me obedient to You. Through Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen.
- Pray for God’s protection for the remaining part of the year.
Exercise: Pray for the grace to be part of the 2017, 21 days fasting and prayers. Invite someone to be part of it by giving him/her a copy of Daily Strength Devotional
Memory Verse: Romans 12:1