The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2014, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
Is there anything holding you back from the joy and freedom of the Lord? God wants our hearts for him and for his kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness (Romans 14:17). But our hearts can be weighed down by many different things, such as greed, gluttony, drunkenness, and so many other harmful addictions and sinful habits. Jesus, our Lord and Master, offers us true freedom – freedom from the power of sin and wasted life, and freedom from our unruly desires and disordered passions – such as making food, drink or anything else our master rather than our servant. Jesus wants our hearts to be ruled by one thing only – his love and truth which enables us to choose whatever is good and to reject whatever is evil and harmful for us.
Jesus also warns us of the temptation to slacken off – to become spiritually idle, lazy, indifferent, or inattentive to God’s word and guidance for our lives. We can fall asleep spiritually if we allow other things to distract us from the reality of God and his kingdom. It is very easy to get caught up in the things of the present moment or to be weighed down with anxious cares and concerns.
The Lord knows our struggles, weaknesses, and shortcomings. And he assures us that we do not need to carry our burdens alone nor struggle without his help. He is always very present and ready to give us whatever strength, guidance, and help we need to fight temptation and to stay the course which he has set for us. But there is one thing he doesn’t tolerate: indifference, an attitude of not caring, and doing nothing! The Lord wants us to cast our anxieties on him and to ask for his guidance and help. Do you pray for God’s strength and wisdom?
Until the Lord comes again we can expect troubles, trials, and temptations. Our adversary the devil does not rest in his attempt to lure us away from God’s will for our lives. If he cannot succeed in getting us to renounce our faith in Christ, he will try, little by little, to distract us from pursuing God, especially in prayer and listening to his word. Ask the Lord Jesus to rekindle the fire of his love in you so that you will be ready and eager to meet him when he comes again.
“Lord Jesus, rouse my spirit to the truth that this world is passing away. Give me a lively faith, a joyful hope, and a fervent love to see you face to face when you return in glory.”
The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2014. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com
NO DEAD END
“The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be there, and His servants shall serve Him faithfully. They shall see Him face to face.” Revelation 22:3-4 On this last day of the Church’s year, in this new millennium, Jesus says, as quoted in the last verses of the Bible: “Remember, I am coming soon!” (Rv 22:7) After Jesus’ final coming, those who have been faithful slaves of Jesus will go to heaven and see the Lord face to face (Rv 22:4). “Never again shall they know hunger or thirst, nor shall the sun or its heat beat down on them, for the Lamb on the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Rv 7:16-17). “The night shall be no more. They will need no light from lamps or the sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever” (Rv 22:5).
“These words are trustworthy and true” (Rv 22:6). “So be on the watch. Pray constantly for the strength to escape whatever is in prospect, and to stand secure before the Son of Man” (Lk 21:36). “Maranatha!” Come, Lord Jesus!
Prayer: Father, may I go to be with You in heaven forever. May I take with me as many people as possible. Promise: “Happy the man who heeds the prophetic message of this book!” Rv 22:7 Praise: After her car was totalled, Anne was more aware of the closeness of Jesus. (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Evangelism and Worship or our tape on audio AV 49-1 or video V-49.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from October 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014.Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 24, 2014. The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements