Tuesday, July 20, 2010

God's Message For You Today, July 20, 2010




“As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt, show us
wonderful signs.” – Micah 7:15

Years ago, I started a journal called My B.A.G. of Miracles.
Originally, these were scribbles in my planner. In 2008, I created my
blog using this theme. Here’s my welcome message:
Miracles are signs of God’s love for us. We are showered with them
every day. Most go unnoticed because we don’t have an attitude of
gratitude. My B.A.G. of Miracles is a journal of the miracles in my
life. B is for Blessings — graces I received, answered prayers,
provisions for my needs and good things people did for me. They are
the miracles God blesses me with, directly or through others. A is for
Accomplishments — my achievements, trials I overcame and work I
completed. These are the miracles God works within me, instances that
show I was empowered by the Almighty. G is for the Good I did for
others — times when I was used as a channel for God’s Word or as His
instrument. They are the miracles God blesses the people around me
with when I allow Him to use me as a conduit.
I write these down that I may remember the wonders of God’s amazing
love.Lella Santiago (mirellasantiago@yahoo.com)

Forget not the many favors of the Lord upon your life .

Lord, let me not allow a single miracle in my life to pass me by unnoticed.

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God calls all shepherds to care for the flock they have been given —
the staff being a sign of their authority and leadership. The role of
the Bishops is to care for the People of God. They need to make sure
that they do not allow other concerns to distract them from this task.
It is their duty to always stand in solidarity with the poor and to
speak for them.

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
14 Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your
inheritance, that dwells apart in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old; 15 as in
the days when you came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful
signs. 18 Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons
sin for the remnant of his inheritance; who does not persist in anger
forever, but delights rather in clemency, 19 and will again have
compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt? You will cast into the
depths of the sea all our sins; 20 you will show faithfulness to
Jacob, and grace to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from
days of old.


Psalm 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8
R: Lord, show us your mercy and love.
1 [2] You have favored, O LORD, your land; you have brought back the
captives of Jacob. 2 [3] You have forgiven the guilt of your people;
you have covered all their sins. 3 [4] You have withdrawn all your
wrath; you have revoked your burning anger. (R) 4 [5] Restore us, O
God our savior, and abandon your displeasure against us. 5 [6] Will
you be ever angry with us, prolonging your anger to all generations?
(R) 6 [7] Will you not instead give us life; and shall not your people
rejoice in you? 7 [8] Show us, O LORD, your kindness, and grant us
your salvation. (R)


Jesus reminds us that it is our choices that are going to contribute
to the state of our salvation or lack thereof, not our bloodlines. We
need to realize that discipleship is all about choices — choosing God
over the world; good over wrong; holiness over banality and so on. Are
we willing to make these choices? It is good to ponder at length the
choices we made yesterday and will make today and tomorrow.

Matthew 12:46-50
46 While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers
appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. 47 Someone told him,
“Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak
with you.” 48 But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my
mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward
his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For
whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister,
and mother.”

my reflections
t h i n k : Discipleship is all about choices — choosing God over the
world; good over wrong; holiness over banality and so on.

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________

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The above question is one of the critical questions for the Church to
answer today. What exactly do we mean by “discipleship” in the 21st
century? In many ways the answer is exactly the same as last century
and the century before that. However, perhaps I have asked the wrong
question: how do we live discipleship in the 21st century? But the
answer is still the same, I hear you reply. This is true because the
heart of both the nature and the expression of discipleship, no matter
how you want to examine it, is obedience to God’s will!
If obedience to God’s will is lacking in a person’s life, they cannot
be called disciples of Jesus. Obedience to God’s will is the litmus
test of discipleship. Yet, I find it truly amazing that many people
today very conveniently forget about the virtue of obedience when they
speak of discipleship. Many religious men and women are no longer
interested in their vow of obedience to their superior; many priests
treat their promise of obedience to their bishop and his successors
with scant respect. Why is there such a struggle with obedience?
I think the answer rests in the growing level of individualism in our
society. Children grow up in a society that highly values freedom of
thought and expression. This is a good thing but freedom has to be
understood within the context of the truths that govern them. True
freedom is not absolute — it is always in submission to the truth. It
is this aspect of freedom that is poorly understood today.
Jesus tells us that it is the truth that sets us free (John 8:32).
This means that freedom is subservient to the truth; it must always be
guided by the truth of our humanity — who we are as beings created in
the image and likeness of God. Freedom is not being free to do
whatever one feels like doing, but freedom to follow the truth that
God puts before us as essential to our human nature. Fr. Steve Tynan,

Reflection Question:
What do I understand by freedom when I speak of it in terms of the
freedom to choose what I will do in a particular situation?

Jesus, You have freed us from the powers of sin and death and opened
for us the way to true human fulfillment. Help us to understand the
demands of truth as we exercise freedom in our lives.

St. Margaret of Antioch, pray for us.

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