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"In my Father's house there are many dwelling places… I am going to prepare a place for you." – John 14:2
When Tommy brought me home from our first Valentine's date, a wonderful surprise awaited me.
The first thing I noticed was the wonderful scent of flowers when I opened the door of my bedroom. One look at my bed explained why — it was covered with balloons and rose petals! A big bouquet lay in the middle alongside his Valentine's gift and a note.
My dad told me later that Tommy arrived at our house in the afternoon and asked permission to go to my room. He then proceeded to lovingly redecorate my bed before fetching me for our date. Is it any wonder that I married this guy?
If Tommy's love for me brought about such amazing results, imagine what awaits us when Jesus prepares a place for us in His Father's house.
We must remember not to get too attached with what we have in this earthly life. Living our lives faithfully for God and serving others will bring greater treasures. I'm sure that you'll be in for a marvelous surprise when you see Jesus' preparations made just for you. Cecilia Lim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Are you ready for your date with Jesus?
Bring me to where You are, Lord Jesus.
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We are the begotten children of God through His Son, Jesus. It means that we cannot go over, under or around the person of Jesus, only through Him. The only way I know of going through something or someone involves getting to know that person or thing intimately. In this case, going through Jesus means that we need to have an intimate relationship with Him in order to become a child of God.
26 When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue: "My brothers, children of the family of Abraham, and those others among you who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation has been sent. 27 The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him, and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets that are read sabbath after sabbath. 28 For even though they found no
grounds for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him put to death, 29 and when they had accomplished all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are now his witnesses before the people. 32 We ourselves
are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors 33 he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my son; this day I have begotten you.'"
P S A L M
Psalm 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab
R: You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
6 "I myself have set up my king on Zion, my holy mountain." 7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD. The LORD said to me, "You are my son; this day I have begotten you." (R) 8 "Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession. 9 You shall rule them with an iron rod; you shall shatter them like an earthen dish." (R) 10 And now, O kings, give heed; take warning, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him; with trembling rejoice. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus tells His disciples that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. What a wonderful sense of consolation these words bring to us as believers. All that remains is for us to take them to heart and live them to the full. Jesus is the Way in the midst of all the ways of the world; Jesus is the Truth amidst the lies of the modern materialistic world; and Jesus is the Life that goes on forever and does not come to an abrupt end when we die our mortal deaths.
1 Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. 2 In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. 4 Where I am going you know the way." 5 Thomas said to him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
t h i n k : Jesus is the Way in the midst of all the ways of the world.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Deuteronomy 15-18
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DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED
We will experience many things in our lives that will unsettle us or at least have the potential to do so. Jesus reminds us today that this does not have to be the case. He tells us not to let our hearts be troubled, but to allow them to rest in the sure knowledge that He is with us no matter what is happening around us or to us, and that ought to be enough to allow us to trust that His grace will be sufficient to see us through anything.
Jesus Himself will experience the difficulty of entrusting all to God when He prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. Does He falter? No. He entrusts all into His Father's hands, and what does St. Paul tell us in the fifth chapter of his Letter to the Romans? Nothing other than that by the glory of the Father, Jesus was raised from the dead. The pattern of Jesus' life is the pattern of our own lives through the Sacrament of Baptism. We can therefore be sure that we will endure all things unto the gift of eternal life if we trust in God and do not allow the worries of the world to overcome us.
Yes, this is easier said than done, but no one ever said being a disciple of Jesus was going to be easy. What we have to do is learn how to trust God in all things. This will require being soaked in the truth and the Word of God. This requires that we regularly read the Word of God and submit our lives to the Holy Spirit. This means that we have to prioritize our spiritual lives over material ones. It is all about the choices we make. That is clearly within the purview of each of us — maybe not always easy, but certainly simply a matter of developing a healthy discipline of prioritizing our spiritual lives.Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Perhaps the fundamental question we need to ask ourselves is, "How important to me is the gift of eternal life?" My answer to this question will set the tone for the rest of my life decisions.
Father in Heaven, do not allow me to be confused by the offers of the world. Help me to be able to see my choices clearly and thus discern well the decisions I will make.
St. Adjutor, pray for us.
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