Readings 20150107

The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net

Does the Lord Jesus ever seem distant when trials or difficulties come your way? Right after Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, he left his disciples by themselves so he could go to a remote place to pray alone.It was at Jesus’ initiative that the disciples sailed across the lake of Galilee, only to find themselves in a life-threatening storm. Although they were experienced fishermen, they feared for their lives. The Lake of Galilee was known for its sudden storms whipped up by strong winds which swept down from the nearby mountains. The disciples must have cried out for help when they recognized that their boat was about to be capsized by the threatening waves.
Jesus always intercedes for us
Although Jesus was not physically with them in the boat, he nonetheless had been keeping vigilant watch for them in earnest prayer. When Jesus perceived their trouble he came to them walking on the sea and startled them with his sudden appearance. The disciples were terrified rather than joyful when they saw Jesus’ presence on the water. They thought a ghost had appeared to seal their doom. They couldn’t believe it was really him until he spoke words of assurance: “Don’t give in to fear or panic, but take courage and be calm, because I am here for you and ready to help you in your need.” Jesus not only calmed their fears, but the threatening waves and storm as well.
Do you recognize the Lord’s abiding presence with you?
Does the Lord Jesus seem distant when trials and difficulties come your way? The Lord never leaves us alone, but keeps constant watch over us at all times, especially when we are tempted and feel weak or helpless. Do you look to the Lord Jesus to give you his strength and help when you are in need? Jesus assures us that we do not have to give into fear or discouragement if we put our trust in Him and remember his great love for us. He will see us through any trial that comes our way. When calamities and trials threaten to overwhelm you, do you respond with faith and hope in God’s love and presence with you?

“Lord Jesus, may I never doubt your saving help and your ever watchful presence, especially in times of adversity. Fortify my faith with courage and my hope with steady perseverance that I may never waver in placing all my trust in you who are my all.”

The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com
THE MULTIPLIER EFFECT OF LOVE

“Beloved, if God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another.” —1 John 4:11
Many saints have reflected God’s love for others (1 Jn 4:11) and took to heart the Lord’s command to go and teach all nations (see Mk 16:15). These saints could testify that God’s love is brought to perfection in us (1 Jn 4:12) when we give our “all” to bring His Kingdom to a disordered world.

When we, out of love, give all that we have (Lk 21:4) to obtain Jesus our Treasure (Mt 13:44), we will receive the resources, both physical and spiritual, to accomplish Christ’s objectives (see e.g. Eph 1:3; Phil 4:19).

When we have our lives in right and godly order, when we receive and obey our instructions from Christ, Jesus multiplies our faith (see Mt 25:29). Then He multiplies our works done in obedience and love. As He has told us, whoever “has faith in Me will do the works I do, and greater far than these” (Jn 14:12).

Therefore, love one another as God has commanded (1 Jn 4:11). Lovingly give Jesus your all. “Serve the needs of all” (Mk 10:44) and see Jesus multiply your deeds of love.

Prayer: Father, give me the grace to die to my selfish agenda and work for You alone. Promise: “If we love one another God dwells in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us.” —1 Jn 4:12 Praise: St. Raymond prayed: “May you never be numbered among those whose house is peaceful, quiet, and free from care, those on whom the Lord’s chastisement does not descend.” (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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