Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35
One thing that hinders our daily walk with Jesus is the desire of our human nature. It is our human desire to accept that once we have started with Jesus and things begin to go well for us, Jesus can now leave us to continue the Journey of life ourselves. It is, however, unfortunate that some believers, having been endowed with tremendous spiritual powers, suddenly become proud and disobedient. Some believers do not take seriously the Lord’s injunction. It is very easy for one to be doing his own things and yet believe he is doing such for God. Every child of God should guard against the tendency to do their own things.
Hence, we must be able to know when our desires push Jesus away from our daily walk. A Christian writer shared this experience thus: “In my mind, I had done everything right. I was living how I thought a good Christian was supposed to. I was supporting the ministry of my local church, signing up to volunteer and lend a helping hand wherever I was needed. I spent early mornings studying the Bible and praying. I even read a Christian devotional at night before bed. I thought I was living well enough, understood what ‘be ye holy’ meant – but God had something different in mind. One morning, as I was spending time in the word, I came across a verse in Lamentations that stopped me in my tracks.
It was Lamentations 3:40. When I read the verse, it made me pause – what did my way have to do with returning to the Lord? The simple instruction in that verse cropped up in my mind multiple times over the next few days. As I washed the dishes, I remembered, ‘Examine your way.’ While I was driving to the office the words echoed, ‘Return to the Lord.’ Though I tried, I could not get away from these words. For my own peace of mind, I had to surrender and pray this simple prayer, ‘Lord help me to see me.’ God answers prayers – and He answers quickly! As the day unfolded, my spiritual state became clear. I soon found out that I had left God and didn’t even notice.
Let sincerely renew our walk with Jesus like this writer.
MASS: VIOLET Hos 14: 1-9; Ps 81: 6c-8a. 8bc-9. 10-11ab. 14. 17 (R.11a.9b); Accl. Mt 4:17; Mk 12: 28b-34
1. “Father, I ask You to give me a complete understanding of what You want to do in my life, and I ask you to make me wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way I live will always honour and please You O Lord, and I will continually do good and kind things for others. All the while, I will learn to know You better and better.”
2. Lord, show me the way that I am doing my own things.
3. O Lord, teach to forsake doing my own things.
4. Pray for all those ministering at the National Lenten Weekend Retreat starting today.
Exercise: Prepare to join us at the National Lenten Weekend Retreat starting today.