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Security in Christ

How secure is your faith and trust in God?  Scripture describes God’s word as a “lamp for our feet and a light for our steps” (Psalm 119:105). The Jewish Feast of the Dedication is also called the Festival of Lights or Hanakkuh.  This feast was held in late December, near the time we celebrate Christmas. This is the time of year when the day is shortest and the night longest.  Jesus used this occasion to declare that he is the true light of the world (John 8:12).  In his light we can see who God truly is and we can find the true path to heaven.  Jesus also speaks of the tremendous trust he has in God his Father and the tremendous trust we ought to have in him, our Good Shepherd.  The security Jesus offers is an abiding relationship with the living God, and membership with his flock, the people of God.  Jesus also promises the security of peace and protection from evil and the greatest harm that could befall us — eternal destruction. The Lord does not spare us from all trouble.  In this life we will experience pain, suffering, sickness, and death.  But through these the Lord will lead us to ultimate victory and safety in his everlasting home.  Even in the midst of our sufferings we can find a peace and security which no one can give except God alone.   We can confidently follow the Lord wherever he leads, trusting that nothing can keep us from God if we trust in him. Have you placed your life securely in God where it belongs?

Reflection written by Don Schwager of www.rc.net


40 posted on 05/01/2012 6:53:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

 
<< Tuesday, May 1, 2012 >> St. Joseph the Worker
Saint of the Day
 
Genesis 1:26—2:3 or
Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24

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Psalm 90:2-4, 12-14, 16
Matthew 13:54-58

 

FAITH AT WORK

 
"He did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith." —Matthew 13:58
 

On this memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, the Church holds up St. Joseph as an example of a worker who let God have total control over his work. Many people move their families from place to place because of their work. Joseph moved his family from place to place because of his obedient faithfulness to God's commands.

Each time he moved, Joseph had to go back to square one to start his work. He moved from his hometown of Nazareth to Bethlehem because of the census (Lk 2:4). Joseph placed a higher priority on serving Jesus and Mary than on building up his carpentry business. Joseph was a worker, but his main work was to have faith in his Foster-Son, Jesus (Jn 6:29). Working for Jesus took priority over Joseph's job.

God then commanded Joseph to drop everything and flee immediately to Egypt (Mt 2:13). It's doubtful Joseph was even able to bring along his tools. In a new land, with a new language, as a foreigner and refugee, somehow Joseph had to find work and support the Holy Family. "All depends on faith" (Rm 4:16), and Joseph's work was completely guided by his faith (see Jn 6:29).

After a few years, Joseph would have established himself in Egypt. Once again, God called him "out of Egypt" (Mt 2:15) back to his hometown, Nazareth. This time, God prospered the work of Joseph's hands (Ps 90:17) by sending him back to his hometown, his tools, and his original clientele. God restored Joseph's work because Joseph faithfully put his work at the service of God.

 
Prayer: Father, may I bring my faith to work every day.
Promise: "Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men." —Col 3:23
Praise: St. Joseph "did as the angel of the Lord had directed him" (Mt 1:24).

41 posted on 05/01/2012 6:57:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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