Tuesday, October 19, 2010

God's Message For You Today, October 19, 2010

19 October



...You who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. –
Ephesians 2:13

"Have you tried the decadent chocolate cake at this place?" a friend once asked
"Not yet," I replied, "Is it good?"
"It's to die for!" she exclaimed.
Now what does decadent chocolate have to do with the chosen verse above?
I just had a crazy thought: In Jesus' eyes, we are decadent chocolate. And we
are to die for! Despite our sinfulness, we are appealing to Him, lovable, and
Jesus' love for us is so great. He wants us to be with Him in His Father's
Kingdom and so He offered up His body and blood not only for His people —
including the very ones who had Him crucified — but for the whole of mankind and

its generations to come. And that includes you and me.
In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ dies for us all over again that we may
witness His great sacrifice for our salvation. May you never forget that you are

precious to Him, and that you are to die for. Nova Arias (nova.svp@gmail.com)

Do you feel unworthy of God's love? Why? Isn't His sacrifice enough for you?

Jesus, my Savior, I thank You for dying for me. May Your sacrifice be a constant

reminder of how precious I am in Your eyes.

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We are meant to be built into a temple for the Lord. This is our destiny and it
begins now. All we have to do is discover how the Holy Spirit wants to do this
work with us. The challenge that we face every day is discovering where the
Spirit is leading us. Let us pray for minds and hearts that are attuned to the
will of God.

Ephesians 2:12-22
12 Brothers and sisters: You were at that time without Christ, alienated from
the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope
and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far
off have become near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, he who made

both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, 15
abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create
in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, 16 and
might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that
enmity to death by it. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and

peace to those who were near, 18 for through him we both have access in one
Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but

you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God,
20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus
himself as the capstone. 21 Through him the whole structure is held together and

grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; 22 in him you also are being built
together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.


Psalm 85:9ab-10, 11-12, 13-14
R: The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
8 [9] I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD-for he proclaims peace. 9 [10]
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land.
(R) 10 [11] Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. 11 [12]

Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.
(R) 12 [13] The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its
increase. 13 [14] Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of

his steps. (R)


The early American martyrs who died seeking to bring the Indians to faith in
Christ witness to us lives of incredible commitment and bravery. They died
horrible deaths that I believe they would have known were a distinct possibility

before they started their ministry. Yet, they did not turn back; the call of the

Gospel was stronger than the call of self-preservation.

Luke 12:35-38
35 Jesus said to his disciples: "Gird your loins and light your lamps 36 and be
like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open
immediately when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the
master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. 38 And should he come
in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are
those servants."
Sirach 31-35
my reflections
t h i n k : The challenge that we face every day is discovering where the Spirit

is leading us.


God's special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for:____________________________________

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No Substitute For Vigilance

Vigilance! Vigilance! Vigilance! This is what the Lord Jesus is stressing in the

Gospel today. He was reminding His disciples of His First Coming (Christmas) and

preparing them for His Second Coming (Day of Judgment). The prophets told the
Jews about it — to prepare for that First Coming. But opposed to their belief,
God came in an unexpected manner, on a silent and holy night. Thus, they did not

recognize Jesus as the Savior. That is why there are still Jews today who await
the Messiah.
As Jesus said in the Gospels, the Second Coming will be so swift that one would
not have time to go down from the roof or go home from the field. It will be
unexpected, like a thief in the night. The Lord Jesus would not want us to act
only when the time is near. As human beings, we tend to procrastinate some of
the things we want and need to do and wait for the last opportunity to come. We
cannot cram our relationship with God, or deepen it in an instant. To ask for
salvation is not a last-minute decision. Not knowing when the Lord will come
will help us actively anticipate His coming. We are encouraged to pray, do acts
of charity and make sacrifices during our time of waiting. So that when the Lord

comes, He will recognize us and invite us to join Him in His Father's Kingdom.
St. Paul, in his letter to the early Christians, admonished them to go on with
their lives and not abandon everything for prayer and passive waiting in
temples. For him, waiting is living your daily life in the Spirit of the Lord.
To stress his point, he went as far as decreeing that those who will not work
will not eat.
We must live our lives according to God's purpose here and now. There is urgency

in fulfilling this. This is what Christian vigilance is about. We are good
servants who patiently and enthusiastically await our Master. When He comes, we
should be able to humbly tell Him that we fulfilled what He commanded us to do;
that we are ready to do whatever He will further command. The vigilant Christian

always has the satisfaction of his Master in mind. Jesus expects that when He
comes again, we will be prepared and worthy of His coming. There is no
substitute for vigilance.Fr. Benny Tuazon

Reflection Question:
Are there times when you live your life apart from the Lord? Do you take every
opportunity to do your best? Can you look back on your life and say with
conviction that you did everything in God's way?

Lord Jesus, teach me to follow Your ways all my life. I want to be worthy of

St. Charles Garnier, pray for us.

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