Sunday, August 7, 2022
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6:31-34
So do not worry……..your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Lets keep these two vs before us today no matter what we have to deal with. God, loves us passionately, and He is asking us not to worry because He knows what we need – our life and our future and the future of our loved ones is in safe, loving, and giving hands. We are of great value to Him. We would never destroy anything we valued, then why will God? Today we will pray, “My heavenly Father knows that I need ……and He will take care of it" (We are so blessed to have Jane in our team. Her reflections are up- to-date, full of truth and invites peace in our hearts! Thanks Jane! Outstanding reflection). Cynthia Abegail for New World.
Saturday, August 6, 2022
Majesty! God symbolises this word. We can only stand in awe of God in any circumstance in life. In plenty and in want, it’s just fitting to praise Him in all of His glory. Why? It is because poverty is not forever. One maybe poor at some point but abundant at a certain stage of life. But God is eternal! We cannot forget the truth that He created and nurtured us throughout our lives. Those who do not know Him yet will later be amazed!
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6- 7
Only when we are humble enough to let go and give what is bothering us into the hands of Jesus we become aware that He is all we need at any time in our life. So many needs remain unmet for long periods of time, often we feel lonely even though there may be people around us, our situation is getting out of hand, in these moments we need to just give it all to Jesus and step aside and let Him work, and we will see that He is all we need. We are so used to giving instructions, taking over responsibility, standing in for someone, and we bring this attitude into our relationship with Jesus too. We tell Him what the problem is, and then we want to tell Him how to solve it !! Therein is the delay and our frustration, and we then say “Lord why don’t you hear my prayer?”(Excellent. Keep up the good work Jane)
Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength
Reflection by Maria Cassia
“Jesus answered, “The first is, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, you shall love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’
All of our lives should be based on these pillars of Christianity. There is a difference between the 1st greatest commandment and the second one. The first love is one of Worship and Adoration while the second one is filial love.
Still, love God above all! When one loves God fully and devotedly, the 2nd commandment is easy to follow. The grace of God being showered on you as you love Him 100 percent, no doubt, no ifs and buts: you will love your neighbour spontaneously. Why? It’s because, only His grace and mercy will provide all the rest that we need.
Relationships are more fruitful if we surrender this area to our Creator. The grace of unity and friendship with God Almighty binds all with love and blessings as we abide in Him!
This is not a secret but it’s the great truth. Love the Creator of all things first and foremost. All things will follow and all will be given unto you.
The others will argue, Love your neighbours first! No, love God Almighty first. We love you, God Almighty in your Son Jesus by the grace of Holy Spirit! We love our neighbours too, as You have commanded. Thanks forever and ever. Amen
It was dawn. Sun's golden rays came through the window and competed with the cool breeze to embrace me. I was going to sleep more but I did not feel wasting the beautiful morning by lazily lying in the bed with day dreaming. After a few moments, I got out of my bed and put my sandals and walked into the garden, adjacent to my house. My long white gown had covered half of my legs and was a perfect match for my black pants, I thought.
The newly blossomed rose and jasmine flowers added beauty to the garden along with many white and yellow tulips. Dews were falling down from the leaves and squirrels were jumping from branches to branches.
The sweet smell of rose and jasmine flowers had spread and covered the entire garden.The red roses were very attractive and I tenderly touched some of them. All of a sudden,I felt an urge to pluck some of them. I did not hesitate, sure enough,I plucked some of them.
Alas! I felt a pain on my fingers and I realized that the thorns of the Rose plants had pierced through my fingers. The blood spread on my gown and suddenly I felt angry. With great annoyance, I threw the flowers on the ground and when I walked, unintentionally my sandals crushed those flowers. I felt a little agitated but I could not do anything at that point and so I continued to walk.
Momentarily I heard a cry and a sob. When I looked back, I knew the Rose plants were crying and sobbing.I was puzzled but did not want to ask them anything. Next day morning was also very beautiful and I visited the garden again. That morning, the garden was decorated with more flowers and more serenity had filled the air. The beauty of the garden and the sweet smell of the flowers made me very happy. I saw a few girls walking ahead of me happily talking.
Their long black hair was adored with red rose flowers. Oh! what a great beauty has been added with those flowers, I thought. I had forgotten the previous day's incident and without any hesitation, my hands stretched to pluck some flowers. All of a sudden I saw some changes in the rose plants. They stopped dancing anymore and started to cry.
I could not realize what was happening. I turned towards them and asked,"what is happening.Why are you crying ?"
They answered: "you are again trying to pluck our flowers, right ?"
I answered, "Yes. Why, is it a mistake what I am doing ?"
"Surely. You are doing a wrong thing"
I asked them in a soft voice. "If I am doing something wrong, what did those girls walking ahead of me do? They plucked many of your flowers and they are on their hair. What about that.?"
The answer surprised me" Yes,they have done a fine job. Wearing the flowers on their hair makes them look more beautiful and so many people could enjoy the beauty of those flowers. surely, people appreciate . What you did was plucking the flowers and throwing them on the road and crushing them with your sandals without any concern of their beauty! The people came after you also crushed them without any mercy !!If you had not plucked them,people would have appreciated their beauty and enjoyed the sweet smell,even if our flowers had a very short life."
My hands withdrew automatically. At that moment I found a great truth of life. Even if a life is for a short period only, it should be useful and beneficial to others and not to be crushed mercilessly and uselessly.
Written by George Kurian-copy rights with the author.
(Thanks to our Chief Editor, George Kurian for this beautiful and very meaningful short story). New World
Friday, August 5, 2022
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
If we are feeling overburdened and alone / rejected / disappointed / trapped in a situation / we have to face challenges alone / let us remember – the power Who is in us, is greater than what we are facing. He is in us and with us, so we are never alone. Every time we feel alone, abandoned, let us remember that the God who is in me, is greater than what I am facing, God has promised us in many scripture vs He is with us, He will never leaves us nor forsake us. Let us not forget His words. (Thanks Jane for always supporting our website by sending us beautiful reflections. I totally agree that we could be sometimes of little faith. We must stand by the promises of God! Doing otherwise is disastrous to our lives. Excellent). Cynthia Abegail for New World.
"MY SWEETNESS IS PURE AND COMES FROM HEAVEN" MESSAGE OF MOTHER MARY (FRIENDS OF THE MOTHER OF DIVINE MERCY)
The Mother of Jesus is known of her sweetness, gentleness and purity.
These qualities are heavenly, not earthly. Our beloved Mother exudes
a manner worthy of praise even during her presence on earth about 2000
years ago. At the age of fifteen to sixteen years of age, she was able to
respond to the call of God Almighty,"Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be
it up to me according to your Word."
Yes, Mother Mary gave the message to the world that His Son affirms that
weakness is strength. For only by weakness we become docile to the
commandments of God. A proud man could never be submissive to Him
because that man sees himself as another god. Whom do we have to please?
The world or God Almighty?
The choice is ours for free will was a gift given to us. Yet, Mother Mary
always gives the message, "Pray, pray and pray!" The time is short, man
has to be vigilant. There is no time to lose now, "Repent and believe the
good news." The time starts now! Prepare well because salvation of souls
is a serious matter! It meant eternity in heaven---bliss, joy and peace.
Based from Our Lady's Message of Mercy to the World by Friends of the
Mother of Divine Mercy, Ireland.
As I reflect today on my journey with the Holy Bible, I can only say “How Awesome my God is.” From Genesis to Exodus till all the books of the prophets flowing into the saga of the New Testament, I can truly only say, “How majestic my God is.”
In this world where the standpoint is material success, the sense of awe and reverence has been minimised. When one shows too much religiosity and veneration for things related to God, it has been branded sometimes as exaggerated.
There is no exaggeration in the worship of God. It is our vocation to praise Him with all of our might. God Almighty is awesome! If I could be branded as a fool for loving God so much such that my acknowledgment of his utter greatness make me look a fool to others, so be it. Nevertheless, it will not diminish my praise for His glory as long as I live.
I am empowered by His love, by His mercy, by His perfection! I know it comes only from Him. Nothing can separate us from Thee. “As for me and my family, we will serve you, O’Lord, God Almighty!”
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