The Word of God

Daily Reflections

  • The Test Of Obedience

    Reflection on Mass Reading for July 24, 2021

    Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

    “We will do everything that the LORD has told us.” The word “obedience” originates from the same word that indicates passionate listening. We use the adjective “passionate” because today, just because someone may hear you, they may NOT be listening or internalizing the thoughts or meaning. This could be said of us and listening to God. By obeying His call to take care of the people we have been given, we learn more about Him and can grow in understanding of His heart and desires for our lives.

    “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.” Obedience also leads to personal growth. Every command God asks of us isn’t just for His sake but for ours. The call to obedience is for our benefit. When we stay connected through a strong prayer life and total trust, especially when we are enduring a personal and spiritual test, we grow in holiness and experience clarity in our lives. This is what is meant by success.

    “Through the grace of Christ we shall live in obedience to the law of God written upon our hearts. Having the Spirit of Christ, we shall walk even as He walked.” Ellen G. White

  • The Daily Test On The Ten Commandments

    Reflection on Mass Reading for July 23, 2021

    Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

    “In those days: God delivered all these commandments.” There is probably no other document as famous and historically significant as the Ten Commandments. They have helped shape not only the character of the early Jewish people but also all Christians today. God helps us in many different ways to live a moral life and gives us grace, which awakens us the desire to say no to temptation and sin and choose only that which is good.

    “Hear the parable of the sower.” He gives us the Theological and Cardinal Virtues and the grace to practice human virtues so that we can grow stronger in them. God gives us help and grace through the Church and our reception of the Sacraments. He also teaches us how we should live. One way he does this is by giving us laws to guide our actions. The Ten Commandments are laws that God has revealed to us. Heeding the guidance God gives us in the Commandments will help us know how to serve God and how we should live with each other. It also helps us to be open to the grace of the Holy Spirit and what God can accomplish in us and through us by that grace.

    “Teach faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery. To prepare to meet God, one keeps all of His commandments. It takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith.” Russell M. Nelson

  • Mary Magdalene’s Test

    Reflection on Mass Reading for July 22, 2021

    Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

    “He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” Throughout the Gospels nestled within the New Testament, we find various examples of the kind of relationships which Jesus gifted a number of people, including His Mother Mary. If we could say that there are dramatic examples, we could certainly point to the deep and remarkable friendship the Lord had with Mary Magdalene that was essentially coupled with her lasting conversion to the Word. All of life changed substantially for her as she began to live no longer for herself but others. As her Feast Day, today suggests, she embodied the refrain from the Responsorial Psalm: My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

    “And they said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.'” But the most profound experience of conversion happened within the context of death and hope. Like so many others after the trauma of watching Jesus executed on the cross, Mary Magdalene was left breathless, speechless, and yes, even hopeless. And here we find perhaps the most difficult of all spiritual tests that we must endure as we follow Jesus from the tomb to everlasting life. It is an ongoing test leading up to the final exam when we are set to meet the Lord face to face.

    “The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God!” Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • We Always Have A Choice

    Reflection on Mass Reading for July 21, 2021

    Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

    “This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.” Some researchers have discovered that the average person makes up to over 200 different food choices every day. This would include the types of foods, the time it is eaten, and the company’s places. With so many opportunities to nourish ourselves physically, is it no wonder that there are equally as many –if not more- opportunities to feed our souls? The answer is an astounding YES!

    “But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” One of the more elusive tests that we must endure in this earthly pilgrimage is that of selecting thoughts and ideas that we allow to take up space in our lives. We eventually become the result of all the choices we make. When we choose God, we choose life, not just a level of peace and understanding in this earthly life but also a great shot at eternity.

    “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control the way you think about all the events. You always have a choice. You can choose to face them with a positive mental attitude.” Roy T. Bennett

  • When We Feel Powerless

    Reflection on Mass Reading for July 20, 2021

    Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

    “Thus the LORD saved Israel on that day from the power of the Egyptians.” One of the most difficult experiences one can face is that of powerlessness. Nothing feels quite as bad as having little or no control over situations that merit or deserve some direction on our part. At the same time, there may be very little over which we have complete control, such as sickness, disappointments, and death. Perhaps the Lord is preparing us slowly for these situations by the little moments of inconvenience. When the Lord save the Chosen People from the slavery of the Egyptians, their powerlessness evaporated as they placed all their hope in Him and His servant, Moses.

    “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Our true and lasting power comes from the belonging we have of being part of God’s trusted and beloved family. Jesus makes that promise real and everlasting, not only with His words but also and most specifically with his supreme sacrifice upon the cross. When we feel powerless, let us remember that power is, in fact, an illusion, and the only real thing over which we have control is our relationship with God. Do something great for God today!

    “When you pray, God listens. When you listen, God talks. When you believe, God works.” – Unknown

  • Trusting The Future

    Reflection on Mass Reading for July 19, 2021

    Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

    “Tell the children of Israel to go forward. And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the sea in two, that the children of Israel may pass through it on dry land.” The Scriptures are full of examples of the literally hundred situations whereby trusting God with something unknown and overwhelming is the only valid response. Many, if not most of us, can easily attest that anxiety, worry, and fear are totally useless and even harmful to our souls and those around us. Imagine the scene of the Israelites standing in front of the mighty Red Sea and being told that they were about to walk through it! No doubt some among them truly needed to trust God with everything—and they did!

    “Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.” Much like the original “river-marchers” of the Old Testament and Jonah the Prophet in the whale’s belly, trust in God; even the deepest and lasting confidence must be ours. Again, imagine the thoughts and feelings of those around Jesus at the time of His Crucifixion. Total trust led to total victory. It still does.

    “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom

  • The Tools Of God

    Reflection on Mass Reading for July 18, 2021

    Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

    “You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds. I myself will gather the remnant of my flock.” Here comes a test that may even be worthy of a final exam. What happens when the ones you trust and those entrusted to take care of you fail miserably? This happens on several different levels but make no mistake; it does and will occur. (Perhaps for some of our readers, it already has.) Someone or something will no doubt severely disappoint us. A hard test, wouldn’t you say?

    “He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” Based on the beautiful Scriptures we have today, there is a great way to pass this terrible personal exam of sorts and is found in the Gospel. Jesus came precisely for all of us who would face all kinds of disappointments, and for that real reason, He gave us access to the Holy Spirit and all things heavenly. Let us thank God for this gift and sit down and pass this awesome test!

    “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” Paulo Coelho