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Maturity

Reflection:

How trustworthy are we to the Lord when no one is watching our every move? Today’s gospel reminds me of the relationship between parents and their son. For example, the parent’s go away for the weekend and the high school boy is left to watch over the house. The boy knows that the parent’s do not want his friends over while they are away and that no parties are allowed. The boy that purposefully plans a party rebels against his parent’s will and the one that was not directly warned by his parent’s against no parties while the parent’s are out of town both are eligible for punishment on the parent’s return. The interesting thing about this passage is that Jesus wants us to have a maturity of faith so even ignorance of the parent’s will deserves a punishment because we are responsible for taking our relationship seriously with our parents. How mature is our relationship with the Lord?

 

Reading:

Jesus said to his disciples:  “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

 

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Consistency of faith

Reflection:

One of the most damning messages we could possibly hear from the Lord at the end of our lives is that our words and actions were not united to Christ. The concept that we’d say one thing in the darkness and act or say something completely different in the light is the ultimate form of hypocrisy. In today’s gospel Jesus, Jesus encourages us to have a consistency of faith in our words and actions no matter where we are at.  In the same way inconsistent messages by parents towards their children leave the children confused and not sure what true Christian character truly means and requires. So let us pray this morning for the Lord to reveal any areas where we are lacking in consistency of faith.

 

Reading (Luke 12: 1 – 7):

At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.”

 

October 15, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Men’s Groups

Reflections:

Talk about a passage in Scripture regarding the importance of men’s groups.  In the name of Jesus we are able to dispel unclean spirits and clean our souls. However, the evil spirit goes out and brings back seven more wicked spirits to attack us. Therefore, if we are trying to fight the good fight and walk in the path of Christ we could easily be outnumbered by the number of spirits attacking us. Therefore, the benefit of living lives with fellow believers and sharing one’s life in men’s groups can provide eternal benefits to assist in fighting and dispelling the evil spirits that attack with a vengeance. So let us pray today and reflect on the effectiveness of our men’s group to truly allow iron to sharpen iron.

Reading (Luke 11: 15 – 26):

“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

 

October 9, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment