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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Has God answered your prayer in a way you do not understand? - Daily Bible Reflections August 30, 2016


THE THIRD OPTION
 
The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything... – 1 Corinthians 2:15
 
       Before I got into the habit of having quiet time and of reading the Bible, I would always rely on signs or on my personal interpretation of things. I would say things like, “I think God says no because…” without enough prayers and reflection. Because of that, I misunderstood some events in my life and felt that God didn’t answer some of my prayers.
        It wasn’t until I prayed for clarity, an open mind and heart, and for me to feel the Holy Spirit more that I understood some of God’s movements in my life. When I prayed for my broken relationships to be healed, I gave God two options to do it.
       I waited for a long time, and when His answer came, it was very clear. His answer was neither of my two options. But it was bigger and greater!
       Truly, His plans are greater than anything we can ever imagine. And this we can only understand when we pray, when we listen, and when we form a relationship with Him. Angel Directo(jeldirecto@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Has God answered your prayer in a way you do not understand? Have you intently prayed for clarity? Have you tried reading and listening to His Word?
 
Dear Father, teach us to open our hearts and ears for things we cannot understand. Guide us to Your truth and lead us by Your Spirit.
 
St. Jeanne Jugan, pray for us.
 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

What message is God whispering (again) to you today? - Daily Bible Reflections August 28, 2016

HEED THE MESSAGE
 
The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the wise man’s joy. – Sirach 3:28
 
       What recurring messages are being given to you? Maybe you are being asked to step up, to be healthier, to serve more, to reach out to someone. My father was being given a message as he struggled with his advancing age. From the eyes of my mom, her 70-year-old husband wasn’t as strong as before. When he made his usual uphill walk to our home in Baguio, he was short of breath.
         My mom knew that something was changing in the body of her aging husband. So she told Dad, “Tony, you should see the doctor.” My father retorted, “I am a doctor. I know better.”
          Then one day, my father missed a step and fell from the stairs. Mom called our family friend, Doc Sabrina, a young doctor whom we had known since she was a little girl.
          After examining Dad, Doc Sabrina said, “Tito, you should see the doctor.” This time, Dad heeded. Same message, different response.
         Sometimes in our life, we are given a message that we refuse to listen to. But every message has a purpose. Our Lord continues to send us messages in various forms. He knows what is best for us, and He is just waiting for us to listen. Edwin KaEdong Soriano (edwin@winningcoaching.net )
 
Reflection: What message is God whispering (again) to you today?
 
Lord, open my eyes, my ears and my heart to Your message today.
 
St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Friday, August 26, 2016

“Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” (Psalm 90:12) - Daily Bible Reflections August 26, 2016


ARE YOU READY?
 
“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” – Matthew 25:13
        
   In 1988, a good number of people from our Catholic community gathered in an open basketball court waiting for Jesus to come and take us away. We did this because we read a booklet entitled 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988. We not only read it — we believed it and lived like Jesus would return to earth that September, just as the booklet had predicted.
       Looking back now, it was silly to believe anyone who claims to know when Jesus’ Second Coming will be when He Himself said that “not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” knows. One thing I did learn from that exercise is to live with the awareness that Jesus is coming at a time we do not expect. He may not come on the clouds with angels in tow as Rapture advocates believe, but Jesus comes in the most unexpected ways.
       He came quietly to take a friend’s mom in her sleep. He came swiftly to take a teenage boy who figured in a car accident. He came suddenly to take thousands during a violent earthquake.
       We don’t need a prophet of doom to tell us when Jesus is coming. What’s important is that we live in a way that we’re ready for the Lord to take us when it’s time. Rissa Singson Kawpeng (justbreatherissa@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: “Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” (Psalm 90:12)
 
“We proclaim Your Death, O Lord, and profess Your Resurrection, until You come again.” (Memorial Acclamation)
 
St. Joseph Calasanz, pray for us.
 



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Do you believe that you have a loving God? Do you believe that He sent His Son for you? - Daily Bible Reflections August 25, 2016


LOVING JUDGE
 
“Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” – Matthew 24:42
 
       I asked a friend, who was studying Theology, “Bro, what will happen on judgment day?” He looked at me and said, “Jan, on judgment day, you will be judged.” After that, I began to question if he was really attending his classes.
     He continued, “You will be judged based on how you used and developed your talents. You will also be judged on your sins from day zero to the day of your death. Everything will be accounted for.”
       It didn’t sound encouraging. But, he further added, “Jan, you will be judged based on your talents and sins, but remember, your Judge is a loving Judge. He will look at you with love. God is love. It’s up to you if you want to accept that love.”
       His answer left a huge impact on my heart. Yes, our God is the God of love. His love will cover over a multitude of sins.
      Friends, there is hope. God is love. His love will change you. He knows your sins, but He invites you into a relationship to remind you that you are loved. Jan Carlo Silan (jan@makatifeast.com)
 
Reflection: Do you believe that you have a loving God? Do you believe that He sent His Son for you?
 
Lord, thank You for Your unconditional love. May we experience this amazing love, especially in times when we fall into sin.
 
St. Louis of France, pray for us.

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