Scripture Reading: John 3:30

Let us begin today’s reflection with this counsel from St. Augustine, “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.”   Lacking humility may sometimes not be known to us so let therefore learn from St. Josemaria  seventeen signs of lack of humility thus,  “Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say; Always wanting to get your own way; Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners; Giving your opinion without being asked for it,

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Scripture Reading: Romans 14:19

Let us continue with our lessons on growing wonderful traits that make us God’s favourites and instruments of change to the whole world:

Purity: “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:12)  “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)Jesus, may I run to You and away from temptation in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation.

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Scripture Reading:2 Peter 1:6

Yesterday we reflected on your character matters; today pray that God would grow your character through the twelve traits that will be treated today and will be concluded tomorrow.

Kindness: “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, “Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother.” (Zechariah 7:9) “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) Lord, create in me a heart that practices compassion and kindness.

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Scripture Reading: Romans 5:4

As attitude determines altitude, likewise character determines what people will say about you now and in the future. Character, be it good or bad, is a distinctive quality that could repel someone from others or attract someone to others. One of the things that will remain in one’s memory long after you have met them is your character. Character lingers in the heart of men for long; that is why it is essential to exhibit good character at the first encounter you have with anybody irrespective of the state of your mind. A positive character makes you very appealing, attractive and interesting to relate with, while bad character repels good people from you. Good characters manifest in form of patience, meekness, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control, while bad character manifests in the form of pride, outbursts of wrath and ego. Character has been confirmed to be more marketable than what you can see or behold. Character is an inestimable gift that you cannot buy at any market place. When you have it, you have all things, when you lack it, you lose all things. Spirituality is not a substitute for good character.

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Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:7-9

Moses is one of my most favourite persons in the Bible. I enjoy the information from the scriptures on his relationship with God, and this instance was not different. I found myself wondering if Moses had merely heard God without listening in this moment. Maybe he assumed that he had this under control since he had been down this path before with bringing forth water from a rock. Regardless, I could not get away from the simple statement of Moses being before the glory of the Lord and disobeying the instruction of the Lord. I believe God wants us to learn something on this account even in our day. Familiarity is a thief to the promises of God.

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Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:7-9

I have a question for you that I have had to ask myself as of late, and that question is, “Is the glory of God in your life a place of familiarity or a place of intimacy with Christ?” We must be willing to ask the hard questions and to answer them in Spirit and in truth.

The thought of familiarity hit me one morning while spending time with the Lord in the chapel. My mind directed me to Numbers 20:2-13, and I saw something I had not noticed until now. A simple statement was about to make all the difference in my understanding of how familiarity with His glory comes at a cost that is not meant to be paid. God desires intimacy over familiarity.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 6:1-6

Welcome to another Sunday encounter with God through His word. When the prophet, Samuel was looking for the right man to anoint as king over Israel, God sent him to the house of Jesse. Jesse’s grandmother was the Moabite, Ruth, and his great-grandma was the infamous woman of Jericho, Rahab. An unlikely family in which to find the most famous king of Israel. As if that were not enough, when Jesse brought out his eldest and most accomplished son to meet Samuel, God said, “No”, because, David was God’s choice.

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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:2

The trials and challenges encountered by children of God oftentimes are wrongly painted and described by the world.  For instance, a woman who is yet to have a child of her own is mockingly described as “that barren woman”. In the same way a family whose children are stubborn can be called or described not by their names but as “that family whose children are rough and stubborn.” A young man or girl who is HIV positive is no longer described by his or her names but by the infirmity. That’s the world system. This is because we live in a world full of wickedness and evil practices. The truth indeed is that the world stigmatizes our situations and oftentimes we tend to give life to what they say about us by saying in our lamentation, “GOD WHY?”

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:6 Everyone aspires to be great in life; but not everyone thinks about how to sustain the greatness. No matter how far you have gone in the journey of life, the end is the most critical. What you have acquired in life will not last until...

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Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Today the Holy Spirit directs our mind to what Satan does concerning our Christian finishing line.  The Lord challenges us to be mindful of the vigilance needed to end well.   Dear friends in Christ, the truth is that it is only by remaining focused that we can connect our ‘finish line from our start line’. St. Paul uses the illustration of runner to explain that the Christian life takes hard work, self-denial and grueling preparation. As Christians, we are running towards our heavenly home. The essential disciplines of prayer, Bible study and worship equip us to run with determination and stamina. The Lord is bringing this awareness to us again because a lot of us who started very well are now treading the path that will lead us to end very badly.  It is necessary that each one of us understands our finishing line, it is not just only our last days on earth, more than that it is how we are faring since we declared our allegiance for Christ as our Lord.  It is about how we are being docile to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 

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