Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection, 28th March 2022
No more shall the sound of weeping be heard or the cry of distress.
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 65:17-21)
Thus says the Lord: Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
The word of the Lord
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 30:2 and 4.5-6, 11-12a and 13b (R. 2a)
R/. I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up
I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up,
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have lifted up my soul from the grave,
restored me to life from those who sink into the pit. R/.
Sing psalms to the Lord, you faithful ones;
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment;
his favour all through life.
At night there are tears, but at dawn comes joy. R/.
R/. I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up.
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
be my helper, O Lord.
You have changed my mourning into dancing.
O Lord my God, I will thank you forever. R/.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL Amos 5:14)
Glory and praise to you, O Christ. Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and the Lord will be with you. Glory and praise to you, O Christ
“Go, your son will live.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 4:43-54)
At that time: Jesus departed [from Samaria] to Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honour in his own country. So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had gone to the feast. So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living. So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live”; and he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Your life is a summary of your beliefs. Whatever you believe in becomes your reality. As the song puts it, no matter what they say, your beliefs are always true. In other words, no matter how ridiculous your beliefs are, so long as you hold on to them, they come to pass; they happen! They may seem like dreams in your head right now but they soon become your history.
Maybe it is time to re-examine your beliefs, maybe it is time to take a pen and paper, and start re-writing your future. I use the word “re-write” because whether we like it or not our future is written already in our heads as our BELIEFS. Positive beliefs are called “hopes, dreams, goals, visions.” While our negative beliefs are called “fears, anxieties, challenges.” You need to identify your negative beliefs (fears) one after the other and start replacing them with more powerful positive beliefs. At some point, this official was really scared of losing his son, his fear was written all over his face when he said to Jesus: “Sir, come down before my child dies.” He believed his son would die and this would have become true if he had not changed this belief.
When Jesus told him “Go, your son will live” this man literally expelled his fear of his son’s death. He threw out his negative beliefs and replaced them with clean ones. He stopped imagining the tears, the pains, the condolences and all that would have followed his son’s death, he started to expect life for the boy. As he walked home, he imagined his boy running towards him completely rejuvenated. And this became his reality.
Don’t die before your time! Forget what they say, no matter what your situation may be right now, have a positive look at it again. Stop complaining. Start thanking God instead, start expecting better; create a new reality altogether and just watch and see how it becomes your life eventually.
BLESSINGS FOR THE NEW WEEK
The spiritual life is a battle between light and darkness, good and evil. Those who are afraid to fight the battle will end up being the losers, but those who fight on the side of light and good will definitely be victorious.
As followers of Jesus we should not expect anything less. If He could be tempted by the devil, then we also could face temptation and if He overcame the devil, we also could overcome it too. This is a time to go into the desert and draw the spiritual energy and strength with which to continue to fight the spiritual battle. If we must keep the covenant we have with God, we must be ready to make a withdrawal from time to time to the desert where we will fight the battle on the side of good and overcome.
We have a pact with God and we must strive every day to keep to the covenant we have entered into by virtue of our baptism and when this is done in all sincerity we will definitely come out victorious in our spiritual battle with the forces of evil.
May our efforts today not be a waste, but through your grace may we be fruitful and may we have testimonies to share at the end of the day.
My dear friend, cheer up go out with confidence, put in your best, share love and kindness and may God help you to succeed. Amen.
PERSONAL DEVOTIONAL FOR LENT DAY 25
When we stay close to Jesus we will receive revelations, knowledge and privilege that will make us know more about Him and we will be able to speak authoritatively in His name as His representative. The closer we are to Jesus the more we know Him and the more we will be able to speak about Him. Do not let anything stop you from striving to know Jesus more and when you know Him, you must be willing and ready to let others know about Him too.
Today, tell yourself the truth whether you are free or tied up somewhere. If the latter is the case, simply call upon Jesus with Faith and act upon His word and your freedom will come.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, may I have the faith of the official to always hold on to your word. Help me understand I can change my reality by changing my mind. Amen.