January 12, 2019 – SATURDAY, Christmas Weekday
1 Jn 5:14 – 21 / Jn 3: 22 – 30
From the 1st Reading: 1 Jn 5: 20
We know that the Son of God has come and has given us power to know the truth. We are in him who is true, his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Gospel Reading: Jn 3: 22 – 30
After this, Jesus went into the territory of Judea with his disciples. He stayed there with them and baptized. John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, where water was plentiful; people came to him and were baptized. This happened before John was put in prison.
Now John's disciples had been questioned by a Jew about spiritual cleansing, so they came to John, and said, "Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, and about whom you spoke favorably, is now baptizing, and all are going to him."
John answered, "No one can receive anything, except what has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, `I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.' Only the bridegroom has the bride; but the friend of the bridegroom stands by and listens, and rejoices to hear the bridegroom's voice. My joy is now full. It is necessary that he increase but that I decrease."
Our Father invites us to come to him in confidence. In difficult or trying times, we sometimes find ourselves questioning his ways. "Lord, why did you allow this to happen?" Or when we see so much suffering or when circumstances or people can be so unkind. "Lord, when are things going to get better?" Times like these make us think God is not around or he doesn't care.
We develop confidence in God through a personal relationship with him by reading the bible, being faithful to our prayer time, living according to the ways of Jesus. When we pray, it should be according to his will and not our will, his time and not our time. We listen to his words and not those of the material world. Money, fame, power, position, career could be false idols which can lure us away from him.
Prayer keeps us focused on God. This includes praying for others especially for those who are unlovable and even those who we think are unworthy of our prayers. It is so easy and normal to pray for our loved ones. However, he calls us to see beyond ourselves and our loved ones and to pray specifically for sinners.
Lord, let us see beyond ourselves, beyond our comforts, beyond our loved ones. Let us pray for sinners who need our prayers. Let us hear you in our sincere prayers and fervent hearts focused only on you. This way we can truly accept your invitation to come to you in confidence with full faith and trust that truly you always hear the prayers of our hearts attuned to you.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Have a good day!
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