Seeking God’s face must be a continuous act in our lives.
Seeking the face of the Lord is an opportunity given to us every day. We can not think of perfect situations to do this, because every moment is the time to seek the face of the Lord. Not only in the sanctuary or at the time of Mass, but in front of every act of the Christian’s life.
The Psalms are an interesting example of what our quest for God must be. It is difficult to read a Psalm and not identify, for they are expressions of man, his longings, his praise and repentance to God.
David is undoubtedly the best known psalmist, and it is interesting that many of his Psalms were composed in the midst of affliction.
Like any human being, David lived moments when he lost his way, feeling bewildered, estranged, and desperate for the presence of the Lord. Who does not go through this? Who does not go through moments when he misses, loses the ground, the target, loses the north and the goal? At that moment, David sets the example for us, because, even bewildered, he sought the face of the Lord.
When we lose the reference in God, three things settle in our lives: fear, cowardice and discouragement. Perhaps today, you are bewildered, indulged in vice and sin, being confused and unworthy, but this is the day of seeking the face of the Lord. He wants to help you find the north, change your life, and it all begins with the search for the face of the Lord.
When we begin to tread this path, withdrawing fear, cowardice and discouragement, we are filled with hope, courage and courage and valor. Genuine transformation in the life of man only happens in intimacy with God.
The Lord only comes into our lives when invited. Have you invited Him into your life? How long have you been looking for the face of Him? Let us decide today to seek the face of the Lord, for problems and times when we lose direction may occur, but we must know where to seek our north.
The meditated Word is in Romans 8:18-25 “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.n
For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God;
for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,o in hope
that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.p
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.“
At the beginning of the Christian Church already there was talk about the second coming of Jesus, as he had ascended to heaven.
From time to time, there are many prophets who announce the final coming of the Lord. We have no doubt that the founder of Canção Nova, Monsignor Jonas Abib, is speaking prophetically, when he announced to us and convened us for the return of Christ. The certainty is that if He does not come to us first, we’re going to go to Him.
It’s time for us to reveal ourselves as children of God, as children of the light. St. Paul, in his words, was preparing a community for the coming of Jesus. Today, we are also prepared for this second coming.
What reasons make us suffer? Emotional, family or diseases? This word is for us, because it comes to us in our sufferings. Paul says: “I think that the sufferings of the present time have no proportion to the glory that shall be revealed in us.” Whatever our suffering – which cannot be measured – let us not falter, but let us persevere in the Lord.
You must be in keeping with the Canção Nova in these recent times. As we have suffered. We’re doing a siege of Jericho for the health and recovery of our seminarian William, victim of the van accident that involved some members of the community and led to the death of one of our brothers. Our hearts cry, suffer, but we believe in heaven!
From time to time, we are tested, but we must not be discouraged. Let us persevere! In the situations that we live, we reveal ourselves as children of God.
The creation has been groaning in us. Canção Nova has passed those in labor. God’s children have suffered, but it is necessary for us to reveal ourselves His children. Let’s return to this characteristic.
This waiting for our encounter with the Lord, what is our participation in this process? Taking up and revealing ourselves as sons and daughters of God.
The third person of the Holy Trinity is in us and want us to keep ourselves holy. Having a radical change is not an impossible mission, as the first fruits of the Holy Spirit are in us. It is possible to be Saints!
As a mother who is eagerly waiting the birth of her son, within us there is an expectation to reveal ourselves as children of God.
Are We channeling our faith? The man makes himself do projects, but the God makes them happen. What we have dreamed? What are our projects? Our faith and hope are in our projects.
All built on Canção Nova done by Mgr Jonas was moved by hope. He entrusted to God his designs and God brought them forth.
In all the plans we make, our first priority is Heaven. We are sure that if He don’t come, we’re going to meet him. This meeting will happen one way or another.
Heaven is part of our plans. We hope Heaven and work for him. We reveal ourselves as children of God and everything on our side is going to change, because nature is waiting to see our demonstration.
Dunga Canção Nova Community mission
Portuguese Transcription and adaptation: Ariele Silva
Let’s let God make our home a place of celebration
Today, let’s talk about the return of the son to the father. Let’s share the word in Luke 15:11 -12
“He also said: A man had two sons. The younger said to his father: ‘father, give me the part of my heritage.’ The father then divided the assets between them. “
The Father wants the best for their children
Here we see the story of a father, as well as the father who worked and struggled to raise children, to leave them an inheritance; but not only material goods. This is the story of a Son who wanted his heritage to enjoy the pleasures of the world.
That dad wanted to teach his children more than the responsible use of material goods, but in life, everything has a right time to happen, whether in relation to the goods or to the sex life. But all that the youngest son of that man wanted was to immediately enjoy all that his father owned. Imagine a child leaving home with all that the father had conquered with so much effort!
The father, unable to deny the request of son, called his brother and probably asked him if he wanted to leave, if hewanted a part of it, but the eldest son was noble and chose to honor the father – interesting to realize that honoring father and mother is the first commandment as promise. So the father divided the inheritance and the youngest son went away with the part that was his.
Happiness away from Father doesn’t last forever
Let’s read the continuation of this story in Luke 15:13 -14
“A few days later, raking all that belonged to him, his younger son left to a distant country, and there wasted his fortune, living loosely. After having wasted everything, there came to the region a great famine and he began to spend live in destitution. “
Live is full of phases, and whoever lives life, lives them. Today, I have more than 50 years and went through several phases, and you also will live them. That boy went through a moment of wasting money, of joy, of partying, but that phase didn’t last forever. When hard times came, he ended up with no inheritance, no joy to spend. Let’s see what happened to him in Luke: 15.15
“He was put to the service of one of the inhabitants of that region, which sent him to their fields to keep the pigs.”
For the Jews, it was a terrible function to take care of pigs, because these were filthy animals! People, at that time, did not eat pigs.
I’ve had a pig stye at home when I was a kid. It was a bad experience going to the neighbors to get scraps of food that trash, to throw to the pigs. That animal does not look up, pig are always forlorn, always stuck in the dirt. People who go from work for drug dealers, often to prostituting themselves to support their addiction, are in the middle of pigs.
That young man had to come to his senses and realized that he was resembling those creatures of which he was in charge. Let’s see in Luke 15:16-17
“He desired of even the pods that the pigs ate, nobody him foot to eat. He then began to reflect: how many employees there are in my father’s House that have plenty of bread … and I, here, I’m starving! “
Return to the father’s House is the most important
“Our life may be a mess, but the Holy Spirit is ready to give the order to our lives”. Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com
This is where the story gets interesting. That young man takes an attitude of contrition, repentance and humility; He recognizes that he needs his father and wants to see him again, as written in Luke 15:18-19
“Get up and go to my father, and I will tell you: my father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son. Treat me as one of your employees. “
Now, Let’s imagine this scene: the son coming home, going against the father, in Luke 15:19
“He got up and went to his father. He was still far off, when his father saw him and moved to compassion, ran to meet him, threw his hands around his neck and kissed him. “
Imagine the thrill of that father who waited for the son. The father was touched, embraced his son and said everything that the son had imagined. Notice the difference, the way he had left home, not caring about the care of the father. But at the reunion, the son acknowledged his sin, humbled himself before the father and admitted that he needed him. Do we have the guts to do that with our parents? Do we often neglect the care, love and all that they do for us?
Our lives can be a mess, but the Holy Spirit is ready to give order to our lives. Let us humble ourselves before the father and let Him work within us. It is a day acknowledging our sins and letting God work in us, in our home, in our family.