Daily Archives: January 15, 2017

16 January, Monday – A Changed Attitude

16 January 2017

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Hebrews 5:1-10

Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.

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Mark 2:18-22

One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast.

No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!’

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New wine, fresh skins.

Purchasing a new computer often brings with it changes which are difficult for us to accept. The physical hardware has changed in terms of appearance and size but the software within the computer has also changed. Some of the software is pre-loaded and it is often the latest edition. This causes much grief to a user who is familiar with the shortcuts associated with the old software.

I believe the same can be said of our faith. There are times when we realise that our beliefs is incompatible with Faith of God. This often results in a disagreement which is resolved by an individual adopting a ‘buffet’ approach where we choose to believe whatever suits us and ignores the rest. Perhaps it is time for us to re-examine what these incompatible beliefs are and how they are preventing us from becoming closer to God.

This type of reflection will often bring forth a spring of emotions which we may have spent time repressing and hence we should continue to pray in our lives and ask God to touch us in these areas and let his love heal us in these areas.

(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer Dear God, we pray for courage to accept our weaknesses.

ThanksgivingWe give thanks for the forgiveness you have shown us.

15 January, Sunday – Christian Behaviour

15 January 2017

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Isaiah 49:3,5-6

The Lord said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel,
in whom I shall be glorified’;
I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord,
my God was my strength.

And now the Lord has spoken,
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
to gather Israel to him:

‘It is not enough for you to be my servant,
to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel;
I will make you the light of the nations
so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’

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1 Corinthians 1:1-3

I, Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle, together with brother Sosthenes, send greetings to the church of God in Corinth, to the holy people of Jesus Christ, who are called to take their place among all the saints everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ; for he is their Lord no less than ours. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.

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John 1:29-34

Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water.’ John also declared, ‘I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.” Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.’

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Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God

There are occasions where I witness the behaviour of Christians and their behaviour surprises me as their actions sometimes do not reflect the way of the Lord. The words they say and actions they do all seem to generate a lot of negative energy to the people around them. The readings of today remind us of the importance to avoid such behaviour and the importance for us to become agents of love.

Jesus is the Light of the World and we are supposed to proclaim Jesus’s kingdom to all around us. The Church is essentially missionary and all of us are called to play an important role in spreading Jesus’s message to all around us. The issue we have here is how then do we go about proclaiming this message if we do not have an intimate relationship with Jesus? This relationship with Jesus is for us to deepen and strengthen for Jesus requires us to give to him totally so that we can be his instruments in the world.

An intimate relationship is not built overnight but is one where much time and effort is spent in knowing the other party. Communication is important for a meaningful conversation to occur and this communication is done through prayer and reflection. We need to allow God to speak to us in the quiet and ask Him to show us what it means to be Christians. Only then can we be energised to spread the Word of God to those whom we are called to spread the Word to.

(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer Lord, we pray for all who continue to preach your message despite facing persecution.

 ThanksgivingWe give thanks for all who are catechists.