Daily Archives: October 30, 2007

Wednesday, October 31 – Getting to Heaven

31 Oct

Romans 8:26-30

And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words; and he who can see into all hearts knows what the Spirit means because the prayers that the Spirit makes for God’s holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God.

We are well aware that God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose, and turns everything to their good. He decided before hand who were the ones destined to be moulded to the pattern of his Son, so that he should be the eldest of many brothers; it was those so destined that he called; those that he called, he justified, and those that he has justified he has brought into glory.
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Luke 13:22-30

Through towns and villages he went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself standing outside knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us,” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will start saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets,” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from; away from me, all evil doers!”

‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Issac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrown out. And people from east and west, from north and south, will come and sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God.

‘Look, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’
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To go through a narrow doorway, one has to make more effort than when going through a wide doorway. You might have to stoop, move sideways, or even reduce your size to go through such a doorway. In any case, a conscious effort is needed.

Our journey towards heaven is similar. God has sent us the Holy Spirit to help us pray and has blessed us so that we can serve the purpose He has called us to. However, we still have to make the choice to want to work towards our salvation.

Are you facing any challenge in living a Christ-centred life today? Will you make the choice to go through its doorway, or will you ignore it? Christ is at the other side, waiting to welcome you, and beside you to encourage and watch over you. Maybe we are lazy or too proud to stoop. Maybe we are carrying too much with us to go through the doorway. Let us consider the obstacles we face in overcoming these challenges and ask the Holy Spirit to assist us in removing the obstacles.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Regina Xie)
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Prayer:
Holy Spirit, You are our Paraclete. Help us in praying and removing the obstacles in having a closer relationship with God.

Give thanks to the Lord for: chances to grow and to serve Him.

Upcoming Readings:
Thu, 01 Nov – Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a; Solemnity of All Saints
Fri, 02 Nov – Daniel 12:1-3; Romans 6:3-9; John 6:37-40; All Souls
Sat, 03 Nov – Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Luke 14:1, 7-11; Memorial for St. Martin de Porres, religious
Sun, 04 Nov – Wisdom 11:22 – 12:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 2:2; Luke 19:1-10; Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Tuesday, October 30 – Perseverance

30 Oct

Romans 8:18-25

I think what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved – our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were – but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet – it is something we must wait for with patience.
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Luke 13:18-21

Jesus said, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it with? It is like a mustard seed which a man took and threw into his garden: it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air sheltered in its branches.”

Another thing he said, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God with? It is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.”
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“Are you saved?” That’s a question that some evangelical Christians might ask you when you are walking on the street or enjoying a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Now you have a response, from St. Paul no less: We must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet – it is something we must wait for with patience.

There is this thing called final perseverance which Christians remain true to their faith to the end, with the grace of God. That’s not to say that those who, at the end, falter under whatever reason will not enter into Heaven. That is something for the theologians to tell us. Rather, what we are concerned with in this reflection is how we can have this final perseverance.

Jesus tells us in the gospel reading that the kingdom of God can be compared to the yeast which is mixed into three measures of flour till it was leavened all through. The yeast that is used is only a little, yet its effects are spread throughout the flour and its effects are seen by the rising of the whole dough. Similarly, the kingdom of God that reigns in us starts with only a small seed, but it spreads throughout the whole of our lives, changing our values, our habits, our attitudes, and our beliefs.

This kingdom of God happens when we truly surrender ourselves to God and allow his kingdom to reign in our lives, withholding nothing from Him, and surrendering ourselves completely to Him. This act of self-surrender allows God to reign in us, and it is what will grant us final perseverance.
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Prayer:
Dear Lord, do not put us to the test, but deliver us from evil, and grant us the grace to persevere in our faith. Amen.

Give Thanks to the Lord for: Perseverance in the faith.

Upcoming Readings:
Wed, 31 Oct – Romans 8:26-30; Luke 13:22-30
Thu, 01 Nov – Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a; Solemnity of All Saints
Fri, 02 Nov – Daniel 12:1-3; Romans 6:3-9; John 6:37-40; All Souls
Sat, 03 Nov – Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Luke 14:1, 7-11; Memorial for St. Martin de Porres, religious
Sun, 04 Nov – Wisdom 11:22 – 12:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 2:2; Luke 19:1-10; Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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