Reflection for Today Feb. 20, 2018

This reflection on the Gospel reading for today is Taken from:

The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager © 2018. Don’s website is located at Dailyscripture.ServantsOfTheWord.org

Do you believe that God’s word has power to change and transform your life today? Isaiah says that God’s word is like the rain and melting snow which makes the barren ground spring to life and become abundantly fertile (Isaiah 55:10-11). God’s word has power to penetrate our dry barren hearts and make them springs of new life. If we let God’s word take root in our heart it will transform us into the likeness of God himself and empower us to walk in his way of love and holiness.

Let God’s word guide and shape the way you judge and act

God wants his word to guide and shape the way we think, act, and pray. Ambrose (339-397 AD), an early church father and bishop of Milan, wrote that the reason we should devote time for reading Scripture is to hear Christ speak to us. “Are you not occupied with Christ? Why do you not talk with him? By reading the Scriptures, we listen to Christ.”

We can approach God our Father with confidence

We can approach God confidently because he is waiting with arms wide open to receive his prodigal sons and daughters. That is why Jesus gave his disciples the perfect prayer that dares to call God, Our Father. This prayer teaches us how to ask God for the things we really need, the things that matter not only for the present but for eternity as well. We can approach God our Father with confidence and boldness because the Lord Jesus has opened the way to heaven for us through his death and resurrection.

When we ask God for help, he fortunately does not give us what we deserve. Instead, God responds with grace, mercy, and loving-kindness. He is good and forgiving towards us, and he expects us to treat our neighbor the same. God has poured his love into our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). And that love is like a refining fire – it purifies and burns away all prejudice, hatred, resentment, vengeance, and bitterness until there is nothing  left but goodness and forgiveness towards those who cause us grief or harm.

The Lord’s Pray teaches us how to pray

Consider what John Cassian (360-435 AD), an early church father who lived for several years with the monks in Bethlehem and Egypt before founding a monastery in southern Gaul, wrote about the Lord’s Prayer and the necessity of forgiving one another from the heart:

“The mercy of God is beyond description. While he is offering us a model prayer he is teaching us a way of life whereby we can be pleasing in his sight. But that is not all. In this same prayer he gives us an easy method for attracting an indulgent and merciful judgment on our lives. He gives us the possibility of ourselves mitigating the sentence hanging over us and of compelling him to pardon us. What else could he do in the face of our generosity when we ask him to forgive us as we have forgiven our neighbor? If we are faithful in this prayer, each of us will ask forgiveness for our own failings after we have forgiven the sins of those who have sinned against us, not only those who have sinned against our Master. There is, in fact, in some of us a very bad habit. We treat our sins against God, however appalling, with gentle indulgence – but when by contrast it is a matter of sins against us ourselves, albeit very tiny ones, we exact reparation with ruthless severity. Anyone who has not forgiven from the bottom of the heart the brother or sister who has done him wrong will only obtain from this prayer his own condemnation, rather than any mercy.”

Do you treat others as you think they deserve to be treated, or do you treat them as the Lord has treated you – with mercy, steadfast love, and kindness?

“Father in heaven, you have given me a mind to know you, a will to serve you, and a heart to love you. Give me today the grace and strength to embrace your holy will and fill my heart and mind with your truth and  love that all my intentions and actions may be pleasing to you. Help me to be kind and forgiving towards my neighbor as you have been towards me.”

The following reflection is from One Bread, One Body courtesy of Presentation Ministries © 2018.

THE SPIRIT TEACHES US THE “OUR FATHER”

“This is how you are to pray.” —Matthew 6:9

Prayer is to communicate with the infinite, perfect, all-holy God, Who is Love (1 Jn 4:16). Therefore, prayer is one of the most important aspects of being a human being. Prayer is an awesome privilege and power. In prayer, we are necessarily “in way over our heads.” Because of this, “we do not know how to pray as we ought” (Rm 8:26). Thankfully, the Holy Spirit “helps us in our weakness” (Rm 8:26).

The Holy Spirit begins to help us pray by crying out in our hearts “Abba” (“Father”) (Gal 4:6). It is shockingly true that the all-holy God of infinite mystery has adopted the baptized as His own sons and daughters. Thus, prayer means communicating with our own Father (see Mt 6:9).

The Holy Spirit makes us holy. Thus, we can pray that through our holiness God’s name be hallowed, that is, holy (Mt 6:9).

The Holy Spirit convicts us regarding the sinfulness of building our own kingdom and doing our own will (Jn 16:8). Thus, we can pray in the Spirit: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10).

In the Spirit, pray always to Abba as Jesus taught us.

Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to help me learn from Jesus how to pray as never before. May I break new ground in prayer. Promise: “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” —Is 55:11 Praise: George prays the Lord’s Prayer several times throughout the day. He implores the Father to execute His will in this world daily.

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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 10, 2017.

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Psalm 139

Psalm 139 Good News Translation (GNT)
God’s Complete Knowledge and Care[a]

139 Lord, you have examined me and you know me.
2 You know everything I do;
from far away you understand all my thoughts.
3 You see me, whether I am working or resting;
you know all my actions.
4 Even before I speak,
you already know what I will say.
5 You are all around me on every side;
you protect me with your power.
6 Your knowledge of me is too deep;
it is beyond my understanding.

7 Where could I go to escape from you?
Where could I get away from your presence?
8 If I went up to heaven, you would be there;
if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.
9 If I flew away beyond the east
or lived in the farthest place in the west,
10 you would be there to lead me,
you would be there to help me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
or the light around me to turn into night,
12 but even darkness is not dark for you,
and the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You created every part of me;
you put me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because you are to be feared;
all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart.
15 When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother’s womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there—
16 you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me
had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began.
17 O God, how difficult I find your thoughts;[b]
how many of them there are!
18 If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you.

19 O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked!
How I wish violent people would leave me alone!
20 They say wicked things about you;
they speak evil things against your name.[c]
21 O Lord, how I hate those who hate you!
How I despise those who rebel against you!
22 I hate them with a total hatred;
I regard them as my enemies.

23 Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
test me, and discover my thoughts.
24 Find out if there is any evil in me
and guide me in the everlasting way.[d]

Footnotes:
Psalm 139:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David.
Psalm 139:17 how difficult I find your thoughts; or how precious are your thoughts to me.
Psalm 139:20 Probable text they speak … name; Hebrew unclear.
Psalm 139:24 the everlasting way; or the ways of my ancestors.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Lenten Retreat Ash Wednesday

Prayer
Pray the words of Psalm 139 slowly, speaking to God. Imagine God as a novelist and you a character in the novel, or God as a sculptor working to create you. What feelings emerge as you imagine these things? Tell God what you hope for and what you fear as God labors to bring you to greater life.

Action
Choose something to create: a recipe, a sculpture, a model airplane, a poem, a painting, a birdhouse, a film, or something else that draws on your talents. Give your creation to someone you love and tell him or her why you did it. Do everything you can to make the gift beautiful and remarkable so that the person understands that you gave your best effort on his or her behalf.

taken from: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/18645/the-ignatian-workout-for-lent-retreat-week-of-ash-wednesday

Cold wax anyone?

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Today, I am so happy. I made my own DIY coldwax. This coldwax is very easy to do. You just need sugar, honey, water and lemon juice. Heat it up and viola you can now use it to remove unwanted hair in your legs, face and underarms.
But making it is the tricky part and of course applying it is the second hardest part. But if you are able to watch the point where the sugar turns to brown then you are good to go. Once it cools off but still warm take some and make into a ball then spread it on the part where you want hair to be removed. Then pull it against the root of the hair and presto your hair will be removed.
the mixture can be stored in your refrigerator for at least 2 months. So anytime you see unwanted hair in your legs, underarms and face then you can always use it . No need to go to the salon for your hair to be removed. It saves time and money.
Come on try it. Just let me know if you want the exact recipe by commenting below.

Birthdays

Every year we do celebrate the day we were born. Whether the celebration will be a grand one or a simple one, it really depends on you how you want to celebrate it. Happiness after all is our own doing. 

I just celebrated my 55 years of existence. 

Oh my, yes I am getting old now. But a great realization is that  I want to age gracefully. Whatever I do now it’s all about how I should live my life – and I want to live a full life. A happy life , a life of gratefulness and happiness. My realization is that I should choose how i should be living. A life being contented where and what I am is what I am aiming for. And it boils down into one – that everyday I wake up I should Praise and Thank God for a brand new day. And that I will choose to be happy no matter what. I should be contented with life, and be happy always. A positive attitude should be my goal. 

How about you? 

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