Scripture Reading:  Psalm 51:1-10

Let’s start today’s reflection with the counsel from St. Paul’s writing to the Corinthian Christians.  He says, “Those who think they are standing firm had better be careful that they do not fall.” (1 Cor. 10:12)  The Corinthian Christians like believers today, thought they could safely dabble in the sins of idolatry and immorality; yet posture as true believers. St. Jose Maria Escriva’ says, “To be holy is not easy, but it is not difficult either.  To be holy is to be a good Christian, to resemble Christ.  The more closely a person resembles Christ, the more Christian he is, the more he belongs to Christ, the holier he is.”  If your desire is to be a good Christian and a copy of Jesus Christ, then you must at all times be guided with the dictates of your conscience.  King Stanislas 1 says, “Conscience warns us as friend before it punishes us as a judge, while Emmanuel Swedenborg says that “Conscience is God’s presence in man.”  King David, the scripture says, was a man after God’s heart; basically because he had a godly conscience.  For every mistake he made, he was very remorseful; showing his love for God.  His conscience was alive with the presence of God.  In V.10 of our scriptural references, David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew the right spirit within me.”  This is the prayer of someone whose greatest desire is to please God; because none can please the Lord with an unclean and reprobate spirit.  All believers need God’s Spirit to create in them a pure heart that hates iniquity and a renewed spirit that desires to do the will of God.  Beloved, only God can make us a new creation and restore us to true godliness.  Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth; no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.” (John 3:3)  St. Paul complements our Lord when he says in 2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”  This means that through the creative command of God (2 Cor. 4:6), those who accept Jesus Christ by faith are made a new creation that belong to God’s new world in which the Spirit rules totally.

Dear user of Daily Strength no believer can have fellowship

with Christ Jesus, if this spirit has not done a renewing task in his life.  This, therefore, means that no believer can please God without a renewed spirit; which only Him has the power to create by His word of command and faith in Christ Jesus.  Today the Holy Spirit says to you, approach God’s throne today like David and ask for total renewal of your spirit; so that you will be able to be pleasing to Him.  St. Clement rounds up today’s reflection like this, “Let us contend with all earnestness, knowing that we are all called to combat.  Let us run in the straight road the race that is incorruptible.”

 

MASS: WHITE

Is 30: 19-21. 23-26; Ps 147: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6 (R. Is 30:18); Mt 9: 35 —10: 1. 5a. 6-8 FRANCIS XAVIER, P, MS M

 

Prayer Points:

  1. Share this confession with St. Camillus de Lellis, “O Lord, I confess I am the most wretched of sinners, most undeserving of Your favours; but save me by Your infinite mercy.”
  2. Take the prayer of invocation of the Holy Spirit in Section B.
  3. Pray for users of the Daily Strength Devotional that all shall enjoy the renewal of heart and mind in Jesus name.
  4. Pray earnestly for the renewal of your heart as you confess your sins.
  5. Take the prayer for “Spiritual Renewal” in Section A.
  6. Pray for the 21 days Fasting and Prayer program starting Friday 6th January 2017.

Exercise:  Pray meditatively the Prayers “Stay with Me” by St Pio twice today (the last before bed time).

Memory Verse:  2 Cor. 10:12

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