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Sample Sidebar Module

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Reflections

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October 06, 2018 (Saturday of Week 26 Year II)

 

Written in Heaven…

 

Dear friends in Christ, our life will be without meaning if it were just for the number of years we have to live on earth. What truly gives meaning to our existence is the faith we share in the eternal life that follows. We have been created out of love and made so that we can love God. In doing so on earth, we worship Him and serve him in the hope of having an eternal dwelling in heaven with God.

 

In today’s first reading (Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17) Job responds to the Lord, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted…Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” This passage shows a Job who remains humble before the Lord in spite of the troubles that the jealousy of satan brought to him. It teaches us mere mortals to be patient in the face of the troubles and challenges of life. Of what use is it, if because of present situations we offer blasphemous words to God and speak ill of our neighbours? The story of Job also teaches that the troubles of the just are like the shadow that is dispelled by the approaching light. Be careful what you say in the time of trouble, it will be remembered beyond the days of your challenge. The days of Jobs trial came to a close and he received an abundance of blessings, “And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.”

 

In the gospel (Luke 10:17-24), the seventy sent out by Jesus came back to report the success of their mission. They said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.” They recognised it was not their own might, the demons were subject to them because they were ambassadors of Christ. They however missed the point. Their measure of the success of their mission is about their ability to overpower demons. Jesus however sees the success in terms of their ability to dismantle the kingdom of Satan for which He is now giving them full authority. He however told them what their joy should be, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” We need Jesus in our lives. If we live according to his will, we will find that there is nothing impossible for us to achieve. The success of our lives must not end with fighting Satan, it must progress to doing what is right so that we can make heaven. Satan is not in heaven, do not remain at his level, in its territory—do not allow the battle with demons prevent you from making your journey to God. When you pray, do not spend all the time casting and binding satan and evil forces only to just mumble a few words to God in the conclusion.

 

 

Let us pray: Lord, we rejoice that our names are written in heaven, give us the grace to answer your call and live with you eternally. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen! 

 

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