19 November 2011
The temple of God is sacred and you are that temple
- Extracted from the 1st letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 3: 9-11, 16-17
You are God’s building.
By the grace God gave me, I succeeded as an architect and laid the foundations, on which someone else is doing the building.
Everyone doing the building must work carefully.
For the foundation, nobody can lay any other than the one which has already been laid, that is Jesus Christ.
Didn’t you realize that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you?
If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple.
The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall touch them
- Extracted from Wisdom 2:23 – 3:9
God made man imperishable, he made him in the image of his own nature; it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world, as those who are his partners will discover.
But the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them.
In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster; their leaving us, like annihilation; but they are in peace.
If they experienced punishment as men see it, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessing be.
God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust.
When the time comes for His visitation they will shine out; as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.
They shall judge nations, rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king forever.
They who trust in Him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await those He has chosen.
19 November 2012
19 November 2012
Wisdom is a reflection of the eternal light, untarnished mirror of God’s power
- Extracted from the Book of Wisdom, Chapter 7:22 - 8:1
Within Wisdom is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, active, incisive, unsullied, lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, sharp, irresistible, beneficent, loving to man, steadfast, dependable, unperturbed, almighty, all surveying, penetrating all intelligent, pure and most subtle spirits; for Wisdom is quicker to move than any motion; she is so pure, she pervades and penetrates all things.
She is a breath of the power of God, pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; hence nothing impure can find a way into her.
She is a reflection of the eternal light, untarnished mirror of God’s active power, image of His goodness.
Although alone, she can do all; herself unchanging, she makes all things new.
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.
She is indeed more splendid than the sun, she outshines all the constellations; compared with light, she takes first(1st) place, for light must yield to night but over Wisdom evil can never triumph.
She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other, ordering all things for good.
Your word, O Lord, stands for ever - Extracted from Psalm 119: 89-91, 130, 135, 175
Your word, O Lord forever stands firm in the heavens: your truth lasts from age to age, like the earth you created.
By your decree it endures to this day; for all things serve you.
The unfolding of your word gives light and teaches the simple.
Let your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.
Give life to my soul that I may praise you. Let your decrees give me help.
19 November 2011
19 May 2012
God loves you - Extracted from John, Chapter 15:
9 ‘I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.
11 I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.
12 This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you.
13 No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends, if you do what I command you.
15 I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know the master's business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.
16 You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.
17 My command to you is to love one another.’
Sharing: A wise & elderly priest told us that “LOVE = Lots Of Voluntary Efforts” to be life-giving to those around us. I think it includes encouraging them to be the best that God wants them to be, as every person has been made “unique” in His great plan. Well, what’s your opinion?
No one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner
- Extracted from Luke, Chapter 17: 11-19
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
As he entered one of the villages, ten (10) lepers came to meet Him.
They stood some way off and called to Him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’
When He saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’
Now as they were going away they were cleansed.
Finding himself cured, one (1) of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. The man was a Samaritan.
This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten (10) made clean? The other nine (9), where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’
And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’
19 May 2012