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Your Will be Done

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

We might memorize the “Our Father” prayer very well, but have we prayed it well?

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Be Holy

Today’s first reading from Leviticus 18:1-2, 11-18. It is about God’s commands to the Israelites, which were spoken through Moses. The commands were started with this saying:

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. (Leviticus 19:1-2)

This verse is taken from a parable Jesus said to His disciples about a king who separated the righteous from the wicked (Mat 25:31-46). Here is the King’s saying to the wicked:

Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:45)

What is it mean to be holy?

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Repent

These are some verses from today’s reading which come in my reflections:

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1: 14-15)

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (1 Peter 3:18-20).

“Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Genesis 9:11)

What are you doing when you decide to repent?

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Client

Who are your clients?

This two verse were found interesting for my reflection today. The first is taken from today’s gospel, where the second is taken from today’s first reading.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:27-32)

and here is taken from the first reading today:

If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:9b-10)

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Some of us maybe have jobs as marketing or sales. These people should be more aware to the importance of clients in their business. Maintaining good relationship with clients is the most important thing we should do, whether the clients are inside our company or outside the company; whether the clients are in our churches or even anyone from other religions.

Then the first thing we must know is: who are our clients? Are they merchants? Engineers? Managers? If only we know who are our clients then we may do our job for maintaining good relationship with them. There is an old message said, “You can’t love if you don’t know”.

We must have a lot of clients in our life. Our family, our friends, coworkers, bosses, customers, etc. But as a human being, who is our clients? Today Jesus gave the answer.

When I was still like to judge others, I always think to stay away from the sinners. After I realized that everyone in this world are all sinners, I started to understand that no matter what, I have to deal with anyone around me, who are all sinners. Everyone around me are my clients, and since everyone are sinners, therefore my clients are also all sinners. Remember, I am a sinner too.

Today’s first reading is a continued verses from yesterday’s. From this passage we may learn that God don’t want us to point on other’s sin. God don’t want us to put heavy yoke on others by judge them because of their sins. what God want is for us be the light to them. Be the way back to the lost ones, peacemaker in wars, and helper for those who in needs.

Remember,this is our calling. Each of us is a sinner. Then it’s our duty to help each other, to lighten each other, so that whoever comes to our life may be healed and saved by God’s grace. It’s kind of our duty to show God’s love everywhere and every time. It’s the sick who needs help, not the healthy ones.

My dear friends, may God equipped us with more love and joy with awareness to bless anyone around us; every clients of us. Also may God helped us through the hands of other people around us. God bless you 😊.

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Fasting

Is it a fast that I have chosen,
A day for a man to afflict his soul?” (Isaiah 58:5)

Today’s bible readings are about fasting. The first reading is taken from Isaiah 58:1-8. The content of the first reading is about how God correct the way people fasting. The Gospel, seems a bit contradicted with the first reading, but it’s actually not. There is more than just an ordinary answer given when disciples of John’s the Baptist asked Jesus, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” (Mat 9:14).

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Choose Life

“…therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Today’s first reading is taken from Deuteronomy 30:15-20. It’s not a story, but it is more like advices to follow God’s way. Whereas the Gospel for today is something we are familiar with. It’s taken from Luke 9:22-25. Jesus told His disciples about how to be His follower. Both of the readings actually tells us to live life.

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