MONDAY DAY 31

LOOKING FORWARD

Scripture Reading: Luke 9: 57-62

As we end the month of August today, we are reminded fellow Pilgrims that “No one who puts his hands on the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 62b). Old habits they say, die hard; however, through the power of Christ at work in us we can overcome all ungodly tendencies that hitherto characterise our ways of life, and tend to pull us backward. Conversion to Christ could be an instantaneous event; however, the work of transformation takes a life time. Having answered the call of Christ to be His followers, we must offer total dedication, not half-hearted commitment to Him. We cannot pick and choose among our Lord Jesus’ ideas and follow Him selectively; we have to accept the cross along with the crown. We must count the cost and be willing to abandon everything else that we think gives us security without looking back. Nothing should be allowed to distract us as we focus on our Lord Jesus Christ. However, as long as we live in this world, we cannot be without tribulation and temptation. Hence, the scripture says, “Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand”. (Job. 7:1). Therefore, we have to be careful and conscious about these temptations; we have to watch and pray, lest the devil, who never sleeps, but “is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Peter 5:8) finds legal reasons to afflict and possess us. We must then learn to quickly cry out to God, seeking the power of His Spirit to enable us overcome and not succumb to the wiles of Satan.  Our focus must be on the crown of glory. We must not, therefore, despair when we are tempted, but pray to God with so much fervour, that he may vouchsafe to help us in all temptations. He, no doubt, according to St. Paul, “will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Beloved, today’s reflection, therefore, calls you and I to examine our relationship with the Lord. Recall that through our baptism we have renounced Satan and all his empty promises; let us therefore, invite the Holy Spirit to help us to be careful to avoid sin and all occasions of sin. Christianity demands total commitment of the body, soul and spirit.

MASS: GREEN 1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97.98.99.100.101.102 (R.97a); Accl Lk 4:18; Gospel Lk 4:16-30

Prayer Points:

1.         Dear Father, how good and kind You are to poor and miserable human beings like me. By the magnitude of my sins, I have no moral basis to stand before You. However, relying on your merciful heart, I humbly ask for the forgiveness of my transgressions; in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

2.         Take the prayer, “Stay with me Lord by Padre PIO in section A of DSD. 

Exercise: Join the DSDPN every Tuesday early Morning Prayer Session From 1:00am -2:00am.

DSDPN PRAYER POINTS:

1.         Take these prayers very seriously. Spend some time in praise and worship and take the Rosary of Liberation.

2.         Take the Prayer for overcoming Demonic conspiracy in Amen it is done.

Meditation: Isaiah 31:1