If our work were just to wash and feed and give medicines to the sick, the centre would have closed a long time ago. The most important thing in our centres is the opportunity we are offered to reach souls.
– taken from “Mother Teresa In Her Own Words” by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado
The promise of inheriting the world was not made to Abraham and his descendants on account of any law but on account of the righteousness which consists in faith. That is why what fulfils the promise depends on faith, so that it may be a free gift and be available to all of Abraham’s descendants, not only those who belong to the Law but also those who belong to the faith of Abraham who is the father of all of us. As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations – Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist.
Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars.
‘The man who disowns me in the presence of men will be disowned in the presence of God’s angels.
‘Everyone who says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
‘When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.’
The Toastmasters is an international association that gathers on a regular basis to allow members learn the art of public speaking and gain confidence in doing presentations. Indeed, practice is necessary for any person that is going to speak before a group of people that is evaluating their performance. Yet is this the way we use whenever we go about spreading the love of God?
Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that the Holy Spirit will teach us what to say. How touching it is that God promises to be with us in our times of troubles. However, there are times where we decide to abandon God and choose to go our own way in the journey of life. By doing so, we deny God to manifest his love in our lives. God will never abandon us. It is we who abandon him. Temptations and despondency seem like massive obstacles in our relationship with God until we realise our mistake.
I invite all readers to take time to reflect on their lives; to discover moments where they have denied the Holy Spirit to work in their lives and invite Him to come and fill their hearts.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nick Chia)
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
We give thanks for the generosity of God’s love.
Sun, Oct 21 – Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2; Luke 18:1-8; Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Disclaimer: The reflections expressed in this e-mail are the writer’s own. They may not necessarily reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church. Nonetheless we should all be able to learn something from it.