Scripture Reading: Luke 6:46 – 49
Rahindranath Tagore opens today’s, reflection with the following, “Day after day, O Lord of my life, shall I stand before thee face to face. With folded hands, O Lord of all worlds, shall I stand before thee face to face . . . And when my work shall be done in this world, king of kings, alone and speechless shall I stand before thee face to face.”
Often, we are invited to receive Christ into our lives and to declare that He is our Lord and Saviour. The mere profession of faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ is a guarantee of His presence and action in one’s life. Hear what the scripture says in John 12:24, “I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain, but if it dies it yields a rich harvest.” No wonder R.H. Benson says, “Man’s highest life does not consist in self-expression, but in self-sacrifice.” It was against this danger of mere profession of faith that a preacher admonished that true religion is in the act of living it out and not merely professing it. As humans, we prefer to decide what we want, and make the choices of whatever appeals to us and decline to be controlled by someone else.
Beloved in Christ, professing Christ as Lord and Saviour is truly wonderful and good; unfortunately, and painfully too, many obstacles are found along our way making it difficult to act it out. These obstacles can come from activities of the self, the World and Satan. V. 46 of our scriptural reference says, “Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and yet do not do what I tell you to do?” The Scripture reveals the truth that confers Jesus Lord of all in Philippians 2:9 – 11. It is very accurate and nearly every Christian understands this fact that Jesus is Lord, but where the problem lies is how many have truly submitted themselves to His control. Sometimes what God wants may not really make meaning to us, but for the fact of obedience and humility we accept and submit to His glorious will. Whatever demands that Christ’s Lordship places on us, let us fulfill it. You will be a happy person, for He is the only creator of the universe, maker of heaven and earth, sustainer of the world and all that is on it.
MASS: RED Deut. 10:12-22; Ps. 147:12-13.14-15.19-20(R. 12a); Accl. 2 Thess. 2:14; Matt. 17:22-27 ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE, P.M. (MEMORIAL) Evening MASS: WHITE VIGIL OF THE ASSUMPTION OF B.V.M. (MEMORIAL) 1 Chro. 15:3-4.15-16; 16:1-2; Ps. 132:6-7.9-10.13-14. (R.v.8); 1 Cor. 15:54b-57; Accl. Lk. 11:28; Lk. 11:27-28. Vespers I of the Assumption.
Prayer Points
1. Thank the Lord for today’s refection.
2. Take the prayer of St. Benedict meditatively.
3. Lord, teach me to obey Your voice at all times even when it appears awkward to me.
4. Pray for all Christian believers that we may truly understand what it means to let Jesus be in control of our lives.
5. Pray to be part of the three-day fasting and prayers starting on Wednesday, 16th August, 2017.
Exercise: Seek the face of the Lord as to know what He wants from you at any particular point in time and do it.
Meditation: Deuteronomy 6:5