Friday, September 30, 2022
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Sunday, September 25, 2022
As one man’s sin – Adam, brings death to everyone, God doesn’t leave us alone struggling with sin and its consequences. “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous” (v.19). God steps in with his wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness through Jesus Christ. For all who receive this gift in Christ will live in triumph over sin and death (v.17).
Today I learn much about love. This passage tells us, “…But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace become more abundant” (v.20). This shows how great our God’s heart towards us. “He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:9-10).
This also answers some cynical opinions, on how unfair God is, that men must be responsible for their choices of life which lead to heaven or hell. But God doesn’t just rest in heaven, in fact, God the Father sent his own Son, the second person of the Triune God, to do the hard job. He suffered tremendously as a ransom for the sinners and for those who believe in Him will inherit an eternal life (John 3:16).
Being a perfectionist oftentimes makes me feel overwhelmed. I want to be a good person, and when I fail I feel so miserable and become so hard on myself. But this is not what the scripture tells. I am not supposed to be a perfect person, because sin ruled over all people and brought us to death. But now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (v.21). Praise be to God. His grace rules over me, enables me to have an eternal life which is not based on what I do, but on His love. He understands my imperfections, for He knows I am only dust (Psalm 103:14). It humbles me. His love encompasses my nature. It fascinates me. Now I rest all my life in His hands even want to please Him more as my gratitude. What a perfect example to follow in real life. How love wins people.
Friday, September 23, 2022
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Reflecting on the life of Abraham, who is regarded as the father of faith of 3 major monotheistic religions, (including Christianity & Judaism), it gives me great hope. Even though Abraham had faltered in his faith as an ordinary human person, including begetting a son with his wife's maidservant Hagar - in spite of God's Promise of a son by Sarah, lying about Sarah as his sister to the pagan king Abimelech and subsequently to Pharaoh of Egypt in order to gain safe passage through foreign lands, yet God had time and again proven true to His Covenant with Abraham. He preserved their lives and allowed Sarah to bear Isaac in her old age when it seemed humanly impossible, since she was past child-bearing age.
As Jesus, the Promised Messiah (descended from the Abrahamic lineage through Isaac) many centuries later had declared, "What is impossible for mortals is possible for God." (Luke 18:27), it gives me great hope and example to trust in God's promises of healing and restoration in my life.
I will close with this beautiful worship song by Chris Tomlin, proclaiming Jesus' Amazing Love.
Amazing Love (How Can It Be)
I'm forgiven, because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again
Amazing Love, how can it be
That You my king would die for me
Amazing Love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You,
In all I do, I honor You
You are my King,
You are my king,
Jesus You are my King,
Jesus You are my King
Singer: Chris Tomlin
Album: One Day Live, 2000
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Thursday, September 8, 2022
It is not difficult to teach others. For they commit sins and make mistakes. For they are sinners and wrong-doers. So everywhere and every time we tend to judge them more than ourselves. But is not the main characteristic of human beings.
The true wisdom which we learn from the letter of Paul is about humbleness. Although we are Christians by name and we live our faith, we need to take care of our behavior. We know the rules and laws but in our opinion, these requirements are for other people. Because they are the bad ones, not us.
Apostle Paul warns us not to be self-confident. For it happens that we forget to be merciful and open-hearted when we teach our friends and relatives. We find hundreds of reasons to bitch about someone behind their back. But we need to stop it. Since we never know what is in the heart of people. Only God the Lord can recognize the true intentions. We must remember that the most important is not flesh but spirit.
Our praise does not come from human beings but from God (v. 29). So let us be more critical of ourselves rather than of our colleagues and relatives. Let us show a good example first. We can teach much more by actions than by words. All human beings can boast of God. But it is much better to stay calm and rejoice in the Spirit than to announce everything to the whole world.
Reflection on Romans 2:12-29 by Fr. Józef Trzebuniak SVD.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
"For God shows no partiality." — Romans 2:11
Dear friends in Christ Jesus, this passage makes it very clear that after the end of our earthly life there will be a judgment on us by the righteous God. Earthly life is very limited and fragile. In this limited time that we live on the earth we are all given an opportunity to aim at eternal life and strive our level best to attain it. Scripture makes it very clear that each one will be rewarded according to each one's deeds. God the Father has given total freedom to His Son Jesus to judge the world. Jesus knows even our secret thoughts. So what are we trying to run away or escape from?
Trusting in the mercy of God and in the divine providence, we are all asked to live a life pleasing to God. Jesus has already shown us the way of life and we have the Holy Bible to attain eternal life. Jesus shows no partiality and it is a quality of God for in front of Him all are equal. Let us also try to develop this quality and practice it in our day today life.
What right have we got to pass judgment on others when we are sure to be judged? Sometimes it hurts a lot when others make judgment on us. The way you give you will receive back. So make sure you give good. As we are all sinners and fragile human beings who are sure to perish one day from this earth, let us trust in the Divine Mercy of God.
Reflection on Romans 2:1-16 by Fr. George Joseph SVD
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Sunday, September 4, 2022
I think it is a very difficult passage for me personally. I felt a kind of sadness when I read it for the first time. I didn't want our God to be angry at people and I felt that it couldn't be the truth. I found the answer in this sentence: Ungodliness which is a wrong attitude toward God results in a rejection of truth.
It is easy for us to think that God revealed himself in the creation of the world, and we can see his eternal power and divine nature every day. The universe was always intended by God to show his glory to us. But unfortunately many people still suppress the truth. Saint Paul mentions that in his letter.
Even when we are not doing anything particularly bad but just suppressing the truth of God - that is offensive to God. Suppressing is deeply offensive to God. We swap God and we worship other things instead. We worship people, things and experiences as if they are going to give us meaning and satisfaction.
Saint Paul says God is revealing his wrath and we don't often believe what he tells us. For many years I thought that God was love and how could he be angry? But when we think for a second if you were married and caught your spouse cheating would you be right to be angry? Or let's imagine that my son who lives with me in our flat suddenly stopped talking to me and behaved like I wasn't there. That would hurt me deeply. If you were indifferent you said it doesn't matter.
So, love and anger can come together. God is right to be angry. It's not just we do bad things but it's that we have done the worst thing. We have rejected him. We need to answer a question: Do we really feel in our hearts the need to be right with God by faith in Jesus? Or maybe we suppress that truth?