Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Shepherd’s Heart

And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
Mt.18:13

Jesus has just told the parable of the wandering sheep to illustrate God’s special attention and love for those who have wandered from him.

This parable has special meaning for me as I have been that wandering sheep. I guess it is also a reminder for me to stop judging the wanderers and show more compassion and effort to bring them back.

In a sense , every non-believer is a wandering sheep. All are born with a God space that is either nurtured by their upbringing or starved. The starved simply wander off looking for what appears as green grass elsewhere.

My immediate flock is my family. It is here that my shepherding is most required. If each man looked after his own little flock, then the whole farm would be a place of peace and nurture. Let my shepherding begin today...

Jesus, thank you for searching me out and bringing me back home. Give me a shepherds heart for those yo7 place before me today.
Little Flower please pray for me.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Founded on Rock

Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock.
Mt. 7:25

Jesus is tells the parable of the wise and foolish builders to highlight the difference between those who just listen to his words  and those who act. The time of test for both is not if but when the storms come.

We live in a fallen world where storms happen. When I read the Genesis account of the Garden of Eden before the fall of Adam, I picture a place of beauty and peace and life. No death, no disease, no tears. This is where I’m being called back to. It’s home.

Meanwhile, I’m living where death, disease and tears are part of daily existence. Acting on the Word of God, building on the rock is how I’m to live a life of hope and joy in the midst of this terror. I life so lived is a beacon to others to draw us all back home.

Lord Jesus. Sometimes your word takes me out of my comfort zone. Give me courage to act on your word . Help me build my house on the rock.
Little Flower, please pray for me. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mere Children

Filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, Jesus said: ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.
Lk. 10:21

The seventy two  have returned from their first mission trip bringing reports of outstanding success. “Even the demons submit to us in your name”.  These first missionarys would have been simple, uneducated people. Jesus thanks God for what has happened through the work of “mere children”.

The message here is we don’t have to be great theologians to be effective in spreading the Good News. In fact, just the opposite is true. I think this is why children receive the Gospel so readily.

The Gospel is simple but covers everyone in every situation and so can be expressed in many different ways.

Last week I met a man who had just been told his heart wasn’t going to last much longer. The Good News I was able to tell him was, “This is not the end of your story”. On Sunday the Good News I could tell children at Children’s Liturgy was, “God loves you so much that he sent his son as a baby to lead you back to heaven”. In both occasions the result on hearing the Good News was great joy.

Keep it simple, keep it adaptable and be ready to say it when then opportunity arises.

Lord Jesus, your message of mercy and love brings great joy. Prompt me by your Spirit today when I can be the bearer of this Good News to people I meet. 
Little Flower, please pray for me. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Friend of God

In each generation she passes into holy souls, she makes them friends of God and prophets; for God loves only the man who lives with Wisdom.
Ws.7:27,28

Soloman attempts to describe the nature of Wisdom, the Holy Spirit of God. With soaring language he portrays a being both omnipotent and intimate. Someone who makes us the friends of God.

“Oh to be a friend of God” has been a cry of the ages. I remember during my conversion experience coming to this realisation, that I , broken imperfect me, can be a friend of God. Suddenly God was no longer a God to fear but a God to love.

My friendship with God doesn’t stop with me. It transforms my relationship with everyone, all those made in the image of God. Today I can be friends with everyone I meet.

Lord Jesus. You know that not all people are friendly to God. You experienced that first hand. Help me be steadfast in my friendship to those I encounter today.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

We will be Changed

Death is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. So let us thank God for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Cor.15:55,56

Saint Paul quotes from the prophet Hosea to give hope to the Church in Corinth concerning the end of time. We believers will not die but will be changed.

I have had the wonderful privaledge of hearing both my parents confess their faith in God while on their death beds. For my mother it was a death bed conversion, so all the more wonderful. What a source and peace and joy today, knowing that death is has not the final say. Jesus has the final say and he says I bring you life and life in its fullness. Alleluia!

Jesus, you rose from the dead, the first of many to follow. I pray for Mum and Dad. May your mercy triumph over judgement that they may rush into your loving embrace.
Little Flower, please pray for us.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Alignment

As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.
Eph.2:21,22

Saint Paul writes about the unity of Christendom found when all align with Jesus, the cornerstone.

There’s a lovely Korean man I have formed a relationship with over the years. He runs the local Two Dollar shop and we soon discovered we were both Christian. We are from different denominations, Catholicism being a mystery to him. Whenever our discussion drifts into theological differences, I pull it back to where we totally agree. The lordship of Jesus.

This unity transcends all and bares a wonderful witness to the power of Jesus to pull people together, not push them apart. When I see all people as made in the image of God, whether they believe I him or not, unity is expanded even further.

Lord Jesus, I align myself with you today. Let me draw people in rather than push them away, for your glory.
Little Flower please pray for me.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Currency of Love

‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’
Lk.12:15

A man asks Jesus to ejudicate in a family inheritance dispute and he responds with the Parable of the Rich Fool.

The cracks in a family become gulfs when it comes down to inheritance disputes. Jesus warns against greed, saying material riches give no security that lasts.

The rich man in the parable actually made a good business decision. Build bigger barns for bigger profits. The problem wasn’t his business acumen, it was his reliance on wealth for his security.

Being rich in the sight of God is the goal. Good works, compassion, mercy and love are the currency. I can start saving this treasure by spending it on the people God places in my life today. It’s that back-to-front land logic of Jesus again. The more I give away the more I have. It’s a currency of love.

Lord Jesus. You know the natural graspiness I have. Help me open my hand and be generous with the currency of love you give me today.
Little Flower, please pray for me.