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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Do your actions follow what you preach? Remember that the real Gospel you preach is your life - Daily Bible Reflections July 2,2014


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“Why do you recite my statutes... with your mouth?”– Psalm 50:16
 
       “Magnanakaw ka!” (You’re a thief!)
       When Edwin was a little boy, his aunt accused him of stealing milk from their kitchen. The spoonful of milk in his mouth caused Edwin to be beaten to a pulp.
       Edwin’s aunt was a devout Catholic. She would gather everyone and lead the nightly rosary prayer but would utter each Hail Mary with lightning speed. She would have made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the Fastest Talking Rosary Leader had there been such a category. As if that wasn’t enough, she would squeeze in a few scowls here and there. She knew the rosary all right, but her life was hardly a prayer.
       The kitchen incident and his aunt’s behavior confused little Edwin. How can someone so prayerful be harsh and merciless?
       At certain points in our lives, we may have been like Edwin’s aunt. We chose to be right rather than loving. We know God by the book but fail to recognize Him in the face of our brothers and sisters. Let us remember that a truly prayerful life is backed up by a loving heart. Osy Erica (osy.erica@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Do your actions follow what you preach? Remember that the real Gospel you preach is your life.
 
Lord, cover me with Your grace so I may stay true to what I preach. Make a sincere servant out of me, one whose life is a prayer and an offering to You.
 
St. Oliver Plunkett, pray for us.

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