Sunday, August 21, 2016

Examin Sunday 20 Aug 2016

Honour your father and your mother
The first and most obvious meaning of this commandment is of the duty of young children to obey their parents in all that is lawful. This includes the child being obedient to all in authority over them. But this commandment also speaks to parents. They have a duty to not only to care for children's material needs, but to pass on the faith by word and example of life. Just as the first will often require sacrifices, so too will the other. And it speaks to us all: first in the duty of care that we must have towards the elderly and infirm among us, cherishing them and doing all we can do to respect the dignity they are due as children of God; and also, as with children, respecting all lawful authority. That obedience extends to the authority exercised by the Church founded by Christ himself.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

prayer diary Saturday 20 Aug 2016

'You shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all you mind. This is the greatest and first command.' 
Matthew 22.37,38

Reflection 
Christ proclaimed this the greatest commandment because it is from this that all the others flow. If you do not love God completely then you can not do his will in other areas.

Friday, August 19, 2016

prayer diary Friday 19 Aug 2016 ( day of discipline and self-denial)

'The greatest among you must become the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.' 
Luke 22.26

Reflection
Followers of Christ seek no glory for themselves, but desire only to serve others. And the greatest assistance one can render to another is leading them to the path whereby their soul may be saved. In what way do you do others this service? Is the example of your life such that it may lead others to eternal life?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

prayer diary Thursday 18 Aug 2016

'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets and invite everyone you meet to the wedding banquet.' 
Matthew 22.8,9

Reflection 
The parable of the wedding feast is a stark warning to us all. Many who complacently believe their place in heaven is assured have shown themselves not worthy by virtue of how they chose to live. What of you – are you living a life that shows you to be worthy of the invitation you have received?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

prayer diary Wednesday 17 Aug 2016

When those he hired last came, he gave them the usual daily wage; and when the first came, they thought they would receive more.' 
Matthew 20.9

Reflection
It is never too late to change your ways and enter into the vineyard of the Lord. The reward he offers is the same to all, whenever they come: eternal life.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

prayer diary Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

 'It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.' 
Matthew 19.24

Reflection 
Wealth is not evil in itself; but it is seductive. The riches of this world can lure you into having greater regard for it than for having treasure in heaven. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

prayer diary Monday 15 Aug 2016

'If you wish to be perfect, go, sell all your possessions, give the money to the poor, & you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.' 
Matthew 19.21

Reflection 
The problem of the rich young man is not his wealth, but his attachment to his possessions. It is something that he can not give up, not even for the sake of attaining the kingdom of heaven. What is there in your life that you can not give up, even though holding on to it may cost you eternal life?