As we recognize Jesus, touch the center of our faith
“In fact, all of you are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gl -27 3.26)
When we recognize Jesus is in our life as Lord, we’re at the center of our faith. Many people find that they do not have faith, because they bring in the heart many questions and doubts, but this situation is a unique opportunity to get close to Jesus, shed our doubts and expect the right answer from him.
It’s beautiful when you do such an experiment, because when we ask Jesus something, He also makes us freer to ask the most essential questions, which has the power to open ourselves to His mystery.
The Holy Spirit illuminates our minds and our hearts, because we want to know the Lord.
Jesus, I trust in you!
Lucia Santiago Co-founder of the Canção Nova community
Self-knowledge helps us in our weakness and leads us to be better
Our self-knowledge of our weakness brings forth in us humility and true peace. Here are the Beatitudes of tears of which the Gospel speaks not those easy and sensitive tears that express nothing, but those tears deep of the heart, these returns and conversions that call us to humility and the painful heartache of sins committed, that contrition of the heart.
In the Gospel we see those tears our Lord called “Blessed”: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (5.4 Mt), the forgiven sinner’s tears, the tears of Peter who denied the master, tears of my heart, that you and I have experienced and that God wants us to concede to us.
God provides, God will provide. Trust! His mercy won’t be lacking.
Wellington Jardim (Eto) Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII Canção Nova
“I love the LORD, who listened
to my voice in supplication,
Who turned an ear to me
on the day I called.
I was caught by the cords of death;
the snares of Sheol had seized me;
I felt agony and dread.
Then I called on the name of the LORD,
“O LORD, save my life!”
Gracious is the LORD and righteous;
yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD protects the simple;
I was helpless, but he saved me.
Return, my soul, to your rest;
the LORD has been very good to you.
For my soul has been freed from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.
I kept faith, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted!”
I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars!”
How can I repay the LORD
for all the great good done for me?
I will raise the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
Dear in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his devoted.h
LORD, I am your servant,
your servant, the child of your maidservant;
you have loosed my bonds.
I will offer a sacrifice of praise
and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Hallelujah! ” (Psalm 116 NABRE)
I don’t know if you met the heart the psalmist while praying this Psalm, but we can see that he went through disappointment with the people, through fall and tribulation. However, he overcame obstacles and is now returning to what God gave him. This was a man of life with the Lord, of intimacy with the Father.
We live in a time of much confusion, of the faith of a people that understands the meaning of their identity, people who were created by God for His praise and joy, but full of trends that original sin left them. So the hedonism has been so successful! People think being happy is to live freely all that pleasure offers them.
Is in the ‘ yes ‘ to God that the human will become free
Mother Teresa teaches us not to love the beauty, for it ends one day. We must know that time cannot end with a love without explanation, the Love of God cannot end. The world, however, proposes the reverse; it gives us the joy of having. However, the real joy is in our life with the Lord.
It in the ‘ yes ‘ to God that the human will becomes free and finds its completion. Saint Maximus says ‘ yes ‘ to God becomes opposition to the world, because Satan said to Adam and Eve in paradise, that if they ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree, they would be free. So the men bring upon themselves this worldly belief. However, we need to understand that the joy will be constant and persistent if we do the will of the Father.
What poverty to live only for the weekend! We need to be happy on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, because Jesus saved us. God is shaking us! Where, who’s our happiness? Jesus is our achievement. The temptation of the devil is to abandon the truth to live a false life. The devil, when he tempted Jesus, said that if the Son of God would prostrate Himself before him, Satan would give him all the kingdoms. Jesus told his disciples that if they wanted to follow him, they would have to resign themselves and embrace the cross.
Pope Francis explains that Peter confessed Christ as the Messiah, but when he talked about dying and by the cross, the disciple refused. Peter said: “I will follow you, but without the cross.” The Pontiff said that he who announces the Christ without cross is not following.
If we join the Lord, our lives will surely move forward. As Saint Paul said: “in my flesh I complete the sacrifice of Christ”. We are the Church of the cross. When the Islamic State threatened Rome, it said that would invade the Church of the cross.
We are the Church of the cross
“For the word of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” [Isaiah 29:14]
For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world, by wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God, by the foolishness of our preaching, to save them that believe. For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishnessof God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25 d-r)
Know that there is the strength God in the cross. When you are persecuted and humiliated, when you’re sick, know that there is strength of God in you. Proclaim the cross, because it is his strength.
When all goes well, it is easy to praise, but when unemployment, sadness and disappointment are knocking at our door, is it still easy to praise? No! The sacrifice of praise is to have willingness to praise when things are tough.
In the Bible, there is a very strong example of praise. Satan asks to test Job, because this was a sick life, wife, children, health and everything. Job was losing his property, starting with the herd;then the children. But, in this reality, he said: “blessed be the name of the Lord!”.
After all this, Job lost health, he had to sit in the trash and clean his body with a tile. Job’s wife kept murmuring, but he said they always received from good from God, should receive from him the evil?
We want to offer a sacrifice of praise to the Lord! Living like this, we will be much happier. No matter what happens, God will always be alongside us. If we’re on the cross with the Lord, we will be happy, because there’s salvation.
As I offered to God a sacrifice of praise
In my teens, I went away from God and went to a life of doom. Once, I was in a funk and, that night, for that night there were no drugs.
When I drank my first SWIG , I heard a voice: “you only see me when you need me”. I thought I was already were “drunk”, but that voice insisted three times; the third time, touched me on the wall and realized it wasn’t my place. I Got out of there and didn’t want to do any more drugs. Some time later, I left my drinking and I started attending a prayer group. There, God was working my heart. A year later, I went to church every day.
There was a time, I started to see me in the place of the priest; via-playing in his place, but denied that it would be true. I was fighting with God, saying he didn’t want it, I didn’t want it either.
I started dating. We were happy. I went to a Carnaval without her and there God spoke to my heart deeply through a phrase of Catherine of Sienna “If the will of the Lord is also mine,for only through the will of the Lord will Il be happy.” I went before the crucified and prayed saying to God that I didn’t want to be a priest, but I was going to do his will, because in it I would be happy.
Pope Benedict XVI says Gethsemane is the place of the olive press. There, Jesus asked that the chalice was away from him, but He still said ‘ yes ‘ to the will of the father. The Pope Emeritus says that when God’s will happens, heaven touches the Earth.
The contempt is incense for the devil, but praise is offering to God. So we need to give the Lord a sacrifice of praise, because this is freedom! Just look at Paul and Silas in jail.
The missionary Marcio Mendes on the “Smiling for Life” program, motivates our hearts to trust in Christ as the Lord desires our salvation and for that, we need to open ourselves to His will.
The Word meditated on today is 1 Thessalonians 5,9-11:
“God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore, comfort you and build one another, as you already do. ”
“The Lord did not create us to death, but for life,” says Márcio.
God did not appoint us to destruction, but to salvation. The Lord did not create us for death, but for life. Salvation for us is to be a daily experience. How many situations of physical and moral hazards do we suffer! But at all times the Lord cares for us.
When we think that our prayer was not heard by God, our heart revolts from it, but the Lord never fails to hear us. Sometimes to win you need to lose, and, over time, we realize that losing was the best thing that could happen to us.
To make the experience of salvation we need to unite in Christ. He promises us salvation if we persevere to the end. For things to change in our lives, let us ask the Lord to touch our hearts. The Father does not demand answers from us, after all we do not know al. But the only thing He asks of us is that we stay with Him no matter what happens.
The only thing we can not give up is to walk with the Lord, because united to Him all else will be a consequence of our walk. We can then discern what comes into our lives, for evil can be disguised as something good. When connected to the Father, fruits begin to sprout in our hearts. If we have God, we can allow the Holy Spirit to manifest His fruit in us.
One day the Lord called us and He continued to walk with us. This is God’s promise to us: “Whoever fears the Lord will know that all will be well, and will be blessed on the day of his death.” (Sir 1:13). We can lose everything, but the most important thing is to be united to the Lord.
Several times, the pleasures of this world blind us and we do not give due importance to our walk with God, the unity of our family and true friends. What makes us stand with the Father is to put our hearts before Him, abandoning ourselves unreservedly in His hands. What does the Lord asks us about today? Whatever it is, if it is He who asks us, may we respond, as doing His will keep us united to him.
Missionary of the New Song Community
Portuguese Transcription and Adaptation: Ariele Silva
Through the blood of Jesus we find our healing and our deliverance!
We need to be guarded under the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. So I invite you to pray this prayer, that will certainly be a source of healing and deliverance.
But for you the blood will mark the houses where you are. Seeing the blood, I will pass over you; thereby, when I strike the land of Egypt, no destructive blow will come upon you.(Exodus 12.13 NABRE)
And the word of God in the confirm:
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.(Hb 9.13-14 NABRE)
Lord Jesus Christ, in your name, and with the power of thy precious blood, we seal each person, fact or event through which the enemy wants to harm us. With the power of the blood of Jesus, we seal all destructive power in the air, on land, on water, on fire, beneath the ground, in the depths of hell and the world in which we move.
With the power of the blood of Jesus, we break down all interference and evil action. We ask you, Lord, that you send to our homes and workplaces the Blessed Virgin Mary, accompanied by St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and your entire Court of Holy Angels.
With the power of the blood of Jesus, we seal our house, all who inhabit (name each one), the people the Lord will send, as well as all food and goods that He generously grants us for our livelihood.
With the power of the blood of Jesus, we seal land, doors, windows, objects, walls and floors and the air we breathe; in faith we put a circle of your blood around our family. With the power of the blood of Jesus, we seal places where we’ll be this day and people, companies and institutions with whom we will interact.
With the power of the blood of Jesus, we seal our material and spiritual work, our family business, the vehicles, the roads, the air, the streets and any means of transport that we will use.
With your most precious blood, we seal the acts, the minds and hearts of our country so that your peace and your Heart in the end may it reign.
We thank thee Lord, for thy most precious blood, by which we are saved and preserved from evil. Amen
“Jesus was in a city, and there was a man with leprosy. Seeing Jesus, the man fell at his feet, and asked: lord, if you want, you have the power to cleanse me. Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said: Be purified. And immediately the leprosy left him “(Lk 5, 12-13).
Let us turn to Our Lord Jesus Christ with faith, to cleanse us from all our sins and wounds in order to live the true dignity of children of God, as what happened with the leper. Take Christ as only Lord of our life. Today, the Lord invites us to reconcile ourselves with him through confession. Seek a priest and confess all our sins.
“And he who will find the lost sheep, will feel more joy than the 99 that don’t stray” (Mt 18.13).
We who believe and experience the goodness of God, we know that the divine mercy is always an invitation to conversion and change of life.
“This is the will of your heavenly father that not one of these little ones are lost.” (Mt 18.14).