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Are we sent from God?

There are basic questions that everyone in life is asking 1) Why am I here? 2) Where am I going? and 3) how do I get there? Human nature engrains in us the desire to do something worthy and magnificent with great purpose and conviction. This is the crux of human existence. John the Baptist was literally sent by God. For as today’s gospel states, “He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” As we end another year of life here on earth it provides a great opportunity to reflect on the simple truth of do we truly truly believe we are sent from God. God created us thru blessing the love of our parents so the answer is a resounding Yes! God wouldn’t create something he didn’t love because the mere act of creation is an act of love just like the creation of a child by the love of husband and wife. The fruit of creations love is life! Thus we are sons and daughters of God!

Therefore, let us cry to our Heavenly Father and implore Him to prepare and guide our lives for our “sending from God” or vocation. Since God created us thru His love He equally created us for a great purpose that answers the inner longings of our hearts: Why am I here? Where am I going? How do I get there? These longings and desires are instilled in us so that our lives may serve the ultimate purpose of testifying to the love of God, to Jesus, to the Light of the World.  As we await the returning of Jesus may we implore and listen to Jesus for the answers to life’s deepest questions.  May we always be ready to respond and be sent for the glory of God and to give testimony to Jesus! Prepare ye the way of the Lord!

Gospel Reading (John 1: 1 -18):
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.

December 31, 2009 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Vice vs Virtue

Vice Virtue
Lust Chastity
Gluttony Temperance
Greed Charity
Sloth Diligence
Wrath Patience
Envy Kindness
Pride Humility

December 30, 2009 Posted by | Spiritual Warfare | Leave a comment

Is the love of the Father in me?

Today’s first reading provides men with challenging yet joyful words to critically assess their lives and their walk with the Lord Jesus. There are two paths : 1) path with the love of the Father in him and 2) the path without the love of the Father in him. There is no middle ground. The things of this world are all good because they have been created by our Father in heaven and are designed to draw us to thankfulness towards Him but we are not to love the world or things of this world, but rather love only Him, Jesus. The things of this world and their enticements as John states are passing away. Inordinate dispositions and love of the things of this world lead to sensual lust, enticement of the eyes, and a pretentious or prideful life. Man’s inordinate disposition leads to the seven deadly sins such as greed, avarice, lust, excessive pride or hubrus, etc.  Therefore, fathers and young men must plead with more strength and grace to properly orient their internal disposition to the disposition of St Joseph, who was the foster-father of Jesus. May we as men see the things of this world as all good because of God who great creator but truly truly truly love the Father rather than the world!  Then and only then will we be doing the will of God and see Him face to face at the end of our days.

Today’s First Reading (1 John 2: 12 – 17):

I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the Evil One.

I write to you, children, because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the Evil One.

Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world.  Yet the world and its enticement are passing away.

But whoever does the will of God remains forever.

December 30, 2009 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment