Scripture Reading: John 17-11-12
Hear the gentle voice of Jesus speaking to you this moment, “My child, you are in the world, but not of the world. Don’t get entangled! Don’t get corrupt! Don’t compromise!” Beloved in Christ, we need to constantly remind ourselves that we are not of this world, otherwise we will forget. Basically, the power of worldly influence can also make us forget. If you sit back and observe closely, you will discover that the gap between believers and the world is gradually closing up. The contamination, stains and corruptions of this world affect us without us being aware of it, and when it does begin to manifest in our lives, we assume it is the actual way of life. This is the reason why a child of God who is not decently dress would argue, “There is nothing wrong about my dressing.” You will see a believer by action indicate that there are no qualms of conscience in procuring expo for exams. You will see a business man argue that there is nothing wrong in selling fake items, repackaged as original. In fact, they would say, there is nothing wrong in removing the original part that a product came with and replacing it with a fake one with the intention of selling the original part. Dear child of God, be bold, tell yourself the truth, “there is something wrong!”
Beloved, counselling ourselves truthfully would let us know that: it is not a fashion trend, but a promotion of indecency and immodest dressing; it is not flexing with so many cars, but an uncontrollable passion for cars; it is not about having a sophisticated gadget, it is becoming obsessed with phones. Let the world not make any impression on us. It is deadly. A true understanding of who we are and where we are going will help us a lot. Jesus taught us that when temptations come calling, we should say, “I am not of this world.”
St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori admonished us thus: “Many, however, give themselves to God, but preserve still in their hearts some attachments to creatures, which prevents them from belonging entirely to God.”
MASS: VIOLET Jer 7: 23-28; Ps 95: 1-2. 6-7abc. 7d-9 (R.7d.8a); Accl. Joel 2:12-13; Lk 11: 14-23
Prayer Point:
1. Let’s join St. Peter Faber in this beautiful prayer: “I beg of You, my Lord, to remove anything which separates me from You, and You from me. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of Your sight, Your control, Your reprehension; of Your speech and conversation, of Your benevolence and love. Cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing You; hearing, tasting, savoring and touching You; fearing and being mindful of You; knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing You; being conscious of Your presence and, as far as may be, enjoying You. This is what I ask for myself and earnestly desire from You.”
Exercise: Pray for journey mercy for all attending the Lenten Weekend Retreat holding at St. Paul Catholic Church Nekede, Owerri from tomorrow.