Tuesday, October 12, 2010

God's Message For You Today, October 12, 2010

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12 October


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For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision or uncircumcision counts for anything,

but only faith working through love. – Galatians 5:6

Clarissa was raped when she was 15 years old. From this sad experience came a
pretty baby girl. Her friends advised her to abort the baby so she could go on
with her life. But she didn’t listen to them. After five years of living a
hand-to-mouth existence, she decided to leave for Shanghai and work in a factory

with a meager salary.
Every night she would ask the Lord to make it possible for her daughter to join
her in China. She’d cry herself to sleep, hugging a small pajama top of her
daughter, imagining that she would soon get answers from God. Little did she
know that her supervisor witnessed her anguish and was determined to help her.
She was an asset to the company and the officers decided to help her. One day,
she was called to the office of the Administrator and was told that they were
sending her home (she was trembling because she thought she was being fired!) to

fix the papers of her daughter so she could join her in China. They were giving
her an all-expense-paid trip, including money for the visa fees and pocket

Really, the important thing is faith — the kind of faith that works through
love. Chelle Crisanto (ellehcmaria@yahoo.com)

God knows our needs. He is our Provider.

I love you, Lord, and I want to believe that You love me. And because You love
me, please remind me that I must never doubt. And that I must believe that You
will help me in
my deepest need.

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Paul tells us that the freedom that comes with faith in Christ is full and
total. What a joy and relief this is. Unfortunately, we do not experience this
total freedom because we choose to place ourselves back under slavery through
sinning. It is hard to work out the logic of why we sin when we know the
wonderful life that is offered to us if we reject sin. This tension demonstrates

the power and attraction of the pleasures of the world, the most common cause of

sin. What this means is that we need to open our hearts more fully to the truth
of what salvation offers us so that the world will no longer be an attractive
option to us.

Galatians 5:1-6
1 Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not

submit again to the yoke of slavery. 2 It is I, Paul, who am telling you that if

you have yourselves circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 Once
again I declare to every man who has himself circumcised that he is bound to
observe the entire law. 4 You are separated from Christ, you who are trying to
be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by
faith, we await the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus, neither
circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working
through love.


Psalm 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
R: Let your mercy come to me, O Lord.
41 Let your mercy come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise.
(R) 43 Take not the word of truth from my mouth, for in your ordinances is my
hope. (R) 44 And I will keep your law continually, forever and ever. (R) 45 And
I will walk at liberty, because I seek your precepts. (R) 47 And I will delight
in your commands, which I love. (R) 48 And I will lift up my hands to your
commands and meditate on your statutes. (R)


Good health demands that we take certain washing precautions before eating, not
religion. Religion or faith is concerned with the state of our inner being and
the best way to clean that is through repentance and an obedience to the
Father’s will. What is the sign of a clean heart? Well it has nothing to do with

water. The best sign of a clean heart will be a holy and righteous life.

Luke 11:37-41
37 After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He
entered and reclined at table to eat. 38 The Pharisee was amazed to see that he
did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. 39 The Lord said to him,

“Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil. 40 You fools!

my reflections t h i n k : The best sign of a clean heart is a holy and
righteous life. Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? 41 But as

to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for:____________________________________

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The Power Of Giving Alms

Time and again, the Gospel authors mentioned Jesus as having access to the minds

and hearts of the people around Him. He criticized the Pharisees for being
externally clean yet internally impure, for external acts should be connected
with the internal disposition. Words are not enough. Actions are better. But
intentions make actions perfect and effective.
Jesus told the Pharisees to give alms and they would be cleaned. What about
giving alms? The Gospel gives us an idea on how important it is. It not only
invites generosity but also encourages sacrifice on the giver’s part. More
importantly, it is a response to God’s call to be a neighbor to your neighbor.
The act benefits the receiver physically, and hopefully leads him to appreciate
his neighbor’s goodness, and ultimately leads him to God’s everlasting love. The

giver benefits not only in the satisfaction of having helped one in need but in
being given the grace of salvation.
Cardinal Rosales’s Pondo ng Pinoy stresses this: “Ano mang magaling, kahit
maliit, basta’t malimit, patungong langit!” (Anything that is good, no matter
how little, if done habitually, leads to eternal life!) It is based on the
parable of Lazarus and the rich man who, while on earth, never gave Lazarus alms

in spite of the latter always waiting for a little mercy at his gate. So, when
both died, Lazarus went to heaven and the rich man went to hell. Jesus’ parable
points out that Lazarus went to heaven because he endured and accepted his
situation. He did not do any evil to free himself from poverty. His faithfulness

brought him to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man, however, met his fate because

he lacked in generosity. Had he, out of his goodness, given Lazarus a piece of
bread even the size of a crumb, he would have merited heaven. Jesus showed here
that giving alms, no matter how small, if done sincerely, may lead one to

The beauty of Jesus’ teaching is the fact that all are capable of generosity.
The Plenary Council of the Philippines says,  “Nobody is so poor that he can not

give. Nobody is so rich that he will not be in need!” If giving alms leads to
salvation, then all can be saved. Fr. Benny Tuazon

Reflection Question:
Is charity a part of your daily life? Are you always willing to share your time,

talent or your treasure to others in need? Do you realize the power of giving
alms in helping people know God more?

Lead me to bless others, Father, with the blessings You have showered upon me.

St. Fiace, pray for us.

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