In the Word of God we find the truth that sets us free.
Father Roger Luis Photo: Gustavo Borges / cancaonova.com
God is love and mercy, but He is just and shows us the way of truth.Christ Himself has taught us that only through the truth will we be delivered.He is the way, the truth and the life.
As the text we read, the Pharisees approached Jesus to tempt Him.I remembered that after His baptism Christ went into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil there.But, He overcame temptation by the power of the Word of God.
The Word of God is a source of salvation
This fact shows us that if we absorb the teachings of the Lord, we will have the strength to overcome the temptations.The problem is that we do not often absorb the Word.
We are living a great challenge in our generation.The Word of God is often used for self-interest.And evil propagates only with human help;by means of human freedom the devil acts.
The human being always wants to give a way to circumvent the Law of God .
The danger of sin in our life
Sometimes we make a ‘way’ and we think that we are not doing ‘wrong things’.It is necessary to be very careful with the false teachings that are often present in the Church.For many men have “authorized” sin because of the improper interpretation of the Law of God.
We need men and women who have the courage to shed their blood for the truth of the Gospel.
God asks us to be in communion with His heart and fighters in prayer
Father Roger Luis.Photo: Wesley Almeida / cancaonova.com
I want to ask the Holy Spirit to give us spiritual presence, so that He can prepare our hearts for sowing with all the strength and authority of healing.We will reflect on the Word of God in John 15: 1.
We are men and women seeking to do God’s will.For that, we need to understand what the Lord has to tell us and how He wants to lead us.We need to be in deep communion with God;and John tells us that this life of intimacy and prayer with Him is permanent.
The principle of communion is in remaining with Jesus.The supernatural life has to be expressive in us and, Jesus, gives us the sign of how we need to walk.Because we will only be able to execute what God has for us when we spend time in His presence.
When we look at ourselves and forget to seek this fellowship with Him, we succumb.Without God we can do nothing!
Ask for the intercession of God
Intercession is prayer for others.We can not bear fruit by ourselves, there is a limit, so we must remain on the vine to bear fruit.The fruits are generated when we stand beside Jesus.
The fruits are produced when we live an intense search for God, because we are only the branches.
Remember that act of faith when Jesus comes walking on the water?Peter also asks to walk on the water;and while he remains focused on the eyes of the Lord, he walks on the water.But when he turns his gaze from the Lord’s eyes, he sinks.So it is with us when we turn away from the Lord.
The Church needs intercessors
We need to urgently raise intercessors because we need to list men and women who are willing to pay the price of intercession and always remain with the Lord.
Our trust needs to be in God!So that we may come out of ourselves and do His work.
When we have communion with God, for example, it is like the communion of the mother with the child.The mother knows exactly what the child needs.Therefore, when we have fellowship with God, He knows what we need, because our heart is in union with Him.
The Old Testament, in Samuel 1: 4-11, shows us that without fellowship with God there is no victory.There is no victory without struggle and intercession, because we must be in communion with the Lord.
When we abide in God, there is victory !The Lord sees the heart of those who have fellowship with Him. The Lord does not look at our appearance, but the heart of those who are connected with Him.
God is interested in the heart that has fellowship with Him, so in the face of battle there must be intercession to achieve victory.
The giants that appear before us must be fought with the intense communion of God.It may take time, but victory is certain.Without communion with God there is no victory!
Understand what the Lord communicates to each of us;and remain in union with Him. In this way, know who the winner will be.The Lord, in many moments, frees us from the “giants.”That is when we are in communion with Him.
Prayer is a daily effort and a struggle with the tempter who wants to keep us from God.The tempter always tries to divert us from communion with God, because, he knows that when we are not in prayer and union with God: we end up falling.
There is nothing more powerful than men and women who pray!St. Bernard tells us that prayer is more potent than all demons.
Original Portuguese Transcription and adaptation: Alessandra Borges
The direction that our life needs is sobriety, temperance and calm
“I came into the world as light, that whoever believes in me will not remain in darkness”(John 12.45).
We’re in the midst of the darkness of the world, and that darkness in the world comes into to our heart. Our souls and our hearts are in a real abyss, we’re lost, disoriented, not knowing where we’re going and where we’re going to stop.
Jesus is telling us that He came into this world as light and to be light. I was thinking: “if the lights went out and, it was dark, you could even hear my voice, but you would be lost: ‘ Where is he? ‘. I’d be lost even to lead myself to you, in fact, I couldn’t even record, why wouldn’t the camera in front of me work, because it would be lacking light [says the father referring to video].
The light brightens, illuminates, gives firmness, direction, proximity and sure. The darkness causes hurt in us, we stumble and fall; it takes us to the depths and stumbling of life, to the eternal darkness.
We need to live and walk in the light. So when I look at Jesus, He is the light I need to do many things. Inside of me, it is obscure, there are paths that I do not understand, situations that I don’t know how to solve, I don’t know where to walk, which way to go.
The first thing to do: collect myself in sobriety of Spirit. We find no light when everything is very choppy, heated and exciteable. The light of God brings calm and sobriety to the spirit. However, let’s not stay only in the comparative, but bring it to the practical life. The light of God’s direction for our lives, and the direction that our life needs is sobriety, temperance and calm.
Calm often makes us often flee. Agitation that makes us solve so many things. When we do it all so jumpy and brusque, when we trip, it is because we lack the light that is Jesus, a light that brings serenity to our soul and our heart.
Whoever believes in Jesus does not remain in darkness, does not remain in doubt even in the dark.We can even go through dark paths, walk in the doubts and uncertainties of life, but we don’t stay in them, because the light of Jesus will light up our walk giving direction to life.
I can’t live in Jesus and walk amid the false lights the world gives us, but when I let Jesus be light to my life, he points the way and direction that I must follow.
Father Roger Luis – Photo: Daniel Mafra/cancaonova.com
The purpose of this meeting is to be ‘ Jovems Sarados [Youth healed] with your feet here on Earth, but with your eyes to Heaven; also because the coming of the Lord is imminent.
The Church calls us to account, she invites us to live with the experience of determination that we wait the coming of the Lord, and we hope on this great day he will come to those who walk in His presence, that fall, but rise again. This will not be a day of horror or sadness, but of jubilation and joy.
We need to look at the early Church, that of the first century, in order to learn how to live in the 21st century. How were the Christians of the first century, the Church which was born and lived with the Lord? They lived every day as if He was coming back that day in an eschatological tension.
Kingdom of the world VS Kingdom of heaven
When we find Him, He starts within us a clash of kingdoms. The kingdoms of this world, against Kingdom of Heaven. When we meet Jesus, the Kingdom of God needs to take up the space in our hearts, which often was given to the kingdoms of this world. We will live this conflict until the last of our days.
In Canção Nova, starting with the community’s founder, Monsignor Jonas Abib, we declare a war: the system in the world against the system of God.
Pope Francis, in Paraguay, said this: “… That’s what the world needs, young people with hope and strong of spirit; youth not weaklings, neither yes, nor no (undecided). We don’t want young people who tire quickly or those who are bored “.
Watch and pray is the call of the Church. I don’t know if He will come in our generation, but I live and need to live as if Jesus came back today. We need to watch our senses, our relations, what kind of friends we are seeking.
Young people be healed, be honest with God. Look at the commitment that you have made with him. We believe in you, we believe you are a testament to the young people of the 21st century.
“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 cross is the key to enter the Kingdom of heaven
The miracle is useless without transformation of life , therefore, the cross is the key to enter the Kingdom of heaven
We understand the directions that God gives our lives looking to what He says to our hearts in the celebrations of the Holy Eucharist. The liturgy sets the tone for our encounters.
The last word will be from God who is just and not unjust. He will be the one who will judge the world with justice.
What you want to tell us?
A direction from God Came to my heart asking that we take a step, to a mature faith crafted by God. This faith is the discovery of the will of God. The will of God for our lives is our salvation. Our faith needs to walk in that certainty.
The great fear that I bring to the heart is to promote among the people a reality materialized.
Jesus never preached a materialist faith, he always acted in power. I worry about the faith that is material, until God gives us. If we live a material faith we do not remain in our Church, because if it doesn’t work we go to where there are wizards, sorcerers and others that offer amenities. We are at the mercy of the enemy of God that wants to throw us off our faith. We believe in a God that gave us healings and deliverance, but the best he ever did that was to save you. This need to enthuse our hearts, this is the faith of the Church.
In his first letter to the Corinthians 1, -24 18; St Paul will say: ”
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside.”
Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. “.
The grace that we must approach the Savior, the cross of Christ preach the cross of Christ, experience the power of the cross of Christ gives us the power to walk day after day on the face of the Earth. The victory of God over our Christian life, our House, over evil and sin is the cross of Jesus
Have you thought about your judgment?
We must have the faith that does not allow us to feel afraid to look at our life and meditate on the mind. The Mystics of the Church teach us to meditate on death is a constant spiritual exercise of conversion.
The Prophet brings the reality of camp clamoring for Miracles, there’s no point to be cured if my life, my story is not be transformed. What’s the point of God resolving my financial life, if on the day of my death I do not to meet him?
A miracle is useless without transformation of life.How wonderful the person who has been cured of cancer, but the cancer of sin? Raised in the wheelchair, but with the paralysis of life away from God?
I’m asking God for a sincere heart, miracles to happen in conversion. The calling of Joel the Prophet spoken is for conversion: prescribe the sacred fasting, call the people to cry unto the Lord God.
The day of the Lord is at the gates, coming up with the devastating force of the storm, the day of the Lord is coming for each of us. Joel’s word are not massaging our egos, nor letting us in our comfort zone, but puts us in a State of solidarity.
Joel brings us the grace of God: “
Blow the horn in Zion,
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming!
Yes, it approaches,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of thick clouds!
Like dawn* spreading over the mountains,
a vast and mighty army!
Nothing like it has ever happened in ages past,
nor will the future hold anything like it,
even to the most distant generations
“. We are all called to this clamour.
Called by God to the Church
This is the call of the Church of Christ: penance, brokenness, outcry in Parliament and in response to the experience of God.
“You rebuked the nations, and the wicked you destroyed, you blotted out their name forever. The evil fell in the hole you dug. But God sat down forever on his throne, prepared the Court of trial; He will judge the world with righteousness, and judge the nations fairly. ” (Psalm 9)
If we go through the Valley of death we will know that the Lord is with us and He will honor us. Often, we seem to be in the Church and just conjecture that it seems pointless to serve God, this is a crisis that comes when we do not root ourselves in our faith. But the word says: “you have the name of the righteous, but the wicked you do not.
The word of God is tough, demanding, but puts us in reality. The Lord lets us find Him and he touches us. You wish to touch the Lord with faith, we are beaten with difficulties, but we know that God is with us. It is by the finger of God that the deliverance happens.
The greatest miracle that we seek is for our heart to be transformed. Healed of cancer, but with the heart transformed, we have the assurance of heaven.