Repent & Believe

Watch this 2 min video about Ash Wednesday & Lent. 

“As Lent is time for greater love, listen to Jesus thirst.. ‘Repent and Believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now in your heart and in the poor – He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Stop & Rest with Jesus!

Today Jesus tells us, “You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while with Me.”

Every day, we rush ourselves and others to accomplish as many things as possible. We get upset when things didn’t go our way. We end up finding ourselves doing our work senselessly and forgetting the purpose for doing what we are doing. Since we are so busy, we don’t have time for others. Today, Jesus invites us to STOP and REST for a while with Him, so that His presence can renew our passion for work, and to place God back into our family life, friendship, jobs, etc

Obey God!

David had an eventful life. He was very handsome. With his own hands, he killed both a lion and a bear. He beheaded the giant Goliath and won victory for the Israelite nation. David was the anointed king of Israel for forty years. He escaped several attempts on his life. He was the most successful general in Israelite history. He won many wars and personally killed thousands of people. His kingdom survived a civil war. He had several wives and dozens of children. One of his children died shortly after birth. David saw 70,000 people die in three days because of his sin. He wrote many of the psalms. He was a gifted musician and dancer. He was a top-notch businessman and the standard by which all kings would be measured in Israelite history. To put it mildly, David had an eventful life.

When David lay on his deathbed, he looked back at his life of pleasure, power, violence, intrigue, sex, money, sin, blessing, worship, success, prosperity, etc. Then David looked at his son Solomon and all he had to say to him was: “Keep the mandate of the Lord, your God, following His ways and observing His statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees”. 

In the end, after all is said and done, the meaning of life is: “Obey God.” What we have done in obedience to Him lasts forever; everything else passes away. Obey God. It’s our duty and privilege to obey Him.

Let us pray: Father, give me daily the grace to desire to obey You. Pour out Your Spirit on me so that I may always do Your will. Amen.

Jesus is our Light

Today is the feast of presentation of our Lord Jesus in the temple. Today the Church blesses the candles which give light.

John Paul Pope says, “Jesus began to be light from his birth.”

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Jn 8:12)

Indeed Jesus is the light and the light is with us. This light guides us to walk in the way of peace.

The rays from the light brings us to live life with true freedom. True encounter with this light will change the way we live our lives – not with fear but peace; not in sin but freedom.

Question to ponder: Do I have this light, Jesus in me?

Why are you so frightened?

We often panic when we face our personal storms – betrayal of loved ones, loose job, financial crisis, sickness, etc. Emotionally, we wonder why Jesus is not helping us to remove our pain. We question and start to doubt Jesus when he is helping others, but seems to be asleep in ours. Doesn’t he care for us?

Jesus never abandons us. He is with us when we face the storms. He always says simple words – Why are you so frightened? How is that you have no faith?

Faith moves our heart to trust Jesus and gives the confidence to hope in his love. Let us have faith in Jesus and let him be the one to calm our storms.

Let us pray – “Lord, increase my faith. Help me to face my storms with greater faith, not fear?” Amen.

Morning Prayer!

You know what would some of the bible portraits pray in the morning?

Moses would say “Lord if you don’t go with us or before us we ain’t going nowhere”

Abraham will say “The Lord will provide.”

David would say “this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Jeremiah would say “The Lord has plans to prosper me and not to harm or fail me.”

Paul would say: “the Lord will supply all my needs and I can do all things through Christ.”

To ponder: What do you pray every morning of each day as you start the day?