READINGS for 2006-03-27
FAITH IS ACTING ON GOD?S WORD
?You may go; your son will live.? ? John 4:50
Of the many definitions of faith that I have come across, this one has had the most significant impact in my life: faith is acting on God? Word. ??You may go; your son will live.? The man believed what Jesus said to him and left? (John 4:50). That is faith. Believing and acting on one?s belief. Have you anxiously prayed before, ?Give me a sign Lord?? Then you open your Bible and the Holy Spirit gives you His Word so clear that all your fears vanish? You could feel His presence leading you to the brink of tears? What did you do then? Did you act on the Word? If you did not then that is the very reason why you have not received what you asked for. St. James tells us ?be doers of the word and not hearers only...a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does (James 1:22- 25)?.
Lord, this is my prayer, right now I am going to act on Your Word!
P S A L M
Psalm 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12 and 13
R: I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
G O S P E L
The signs and miracles that Jesus performs do not have so much value as such in themselves but more so in the way that they impel people to believe in Him. It is faith in Jesus that is our ultimate salvation. Miracles, signs and wonders are all very nice and comforting but mean little unless they are accompanied by faith in God. The devil can work miracles but he will not be saved. Let us ensure that we focus upon growing in faith and not the signs and wonders that sometimes are there and, at other times, are not.
God?s special verse/thought for me today_______________________
Thank You Lord for: ______________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 1Kings 9-11
HOW DESPERATE ARE YOU?
They say that desperate situations require desperate measures. Often we read stories that illustrate this point and today?s Gospel is an example of this. The son of the local government official is very sick and just about all hope for his life has evaporated. However, the father of the child, a Roman, not a Jew, seems to believe that there is someone who might be able to help them ? a fellow called Jesus of Nazareth. The fact that the father is not Jewish tells us that this must be an action of last resort. Otherwise, why would he be turning to a ?holy man? of a religion or sect that was technically not sanctioned under Roman Law? The man is desperate as his son is at death?s door. And he will do anything to try and save his son?s life.
Holy Spirit, You are the master of the desperate situation. You walk with us all as we seek to deal with sin in our lives. Help us to see the right course of action to take no matter how desperate it may seem to be. Grant us the grace to take that path without fear.
St. John of Egypt, hermit, pray for us.
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