“Whosoever believeth in him shall not be ashamed” (Rom 10:11)
Each day, the Lord points the way for our lives, and we need to be attentive to it.One day is never the same as the other, even if we want it.
How good it is to wake up and then deliver our day to the Lord in prayer so that He will lead us! When we put our trust in God, we are never disoriented and confused because He takes our heart’s desires seriously.The Word of God assures us of this.Yes, whoever trusts in Him will not fail.Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
We need not be afraid to give Jesus our life, because it is from Him comes what hope.Let us say many times on this day: “Jesus is my victory!”
The world is rampant, nothing holds it, and it is no use having illusions that some government, party or ideology could solve the situation.What happened to the Communist, Marxist ideology?What happened to the Berlin Wall?Salvation comes from the Lord: the “God who saves” is Jesus.
The expected Messiah, the anointed Christ is Jesus!He is the Lord, He is Kyrios, He is the solution!You may wonder, “Why has not He come yet?”Jesus has not yet come, because rather, it is necessary to cleanse the face of the Earth, to take the children of God from the dirt, from the garbage in which they are.
But if the children of God insist: “We want to be in the trash!We want to stay in the dirt!Leave us here! “, Jesus is obliged, by mercy, to delay His coming.Because He does not want to lose anyone, He delays His coming, giving more chance and more time for all “prodigal sons” to return to the Father’s house.
We are now in the “time of mercy,” and the Lord is increasingly manifesting His immense mercy.
Monsignor Jonas Abib Founder of the Canção Nova Community
In the freedom we have, we set the example and do not follow the bad inclinations of this world
“Jesus asked, ‘Simon, what do you think: The kings of the earth charge taxes or fees from whom? From the children or from the strangers?Peter answered, ‘Of strangers!’Then Jesus said, ‘Then the children live in freedom’ “(Matthew 17: 25-26).
When we listen to this Gospel today, the connotation may seem strange, because if, in fact, the children are free, they owe nothing to anyone.We owe nothing to this world, because we are not children of it, we are children of Heaven and we must live in the freedom of children of God.We understand the contrary, we think that “the free” are those who live for the world, do what they want and what they can.It is an illusion and a mistake, for whoever does what he wants, does what he should not, and then he loses himself, and gets corrupted.
God does not deprive us of anything, on the contrary, He gives us the grace to have access to the Kingdom that He has prepared for us, who believe in Him, who are His children and want to live as His children.
The kingdom of God is not deprivation of the world, but it is deprivation of the depravity of the world, of the feeling of wickedness and malice in the world, that we may be kept and preserved from evil to live the good.Then, as children, we can not behave like slaves.
There are people who feel annihilated: “I am of God, what sorrow!Who is of God can not do anything.Who is of God lives deprived of everything.Whoever is of God does not drink, does not smoke. “But since when is it to drink and smoke is freedom?What we have more are people slaves of the drink, the cigarette and all the evils of this world.Freedom is knowing that we can drink and do not drink;We can smoke, but let’s not smoke.Freedom is the power to make choices.
Freedom is not to surrender, and then we can no longer free ourselves from these evils.We are children, and children are free, and not to scandalize, children do even what they should not do.I will be clear, just as the Word is by telling Peter to throw the hook and open the fish’s mouth to get coins.
Paying taxes is one of the most unjust things in the world that we should not pay, but we pay.And why do we pay?To be examples, lest we cause scandal to the world.
The disciples of Jesus do not follow the orders of the Law. We must be the first to obey the orders and the laws of the world, we must be the first to set an example, to obey the traffic laws, to pay taxes, tolls of life , Fulfill our obligations.
We are free, and in the freedom we have, we set an example.We do not follow the evil inclinations of this world.
“It was not ye that chose me;It was I who chose you “(Jn 15:16)
The strength of God’s choice in our lives is beyond our merit, of any virtue of ours, because all that we have of good comes from Him.The Lord has chosen us through the power of His immense love, which transforms us and makes us better.Let us not be afraid to be of God, for He loves us as we are and chose us independently of our faults.
Only united to Jesus, at every moment of our life, will we learn to say yes to the will of the Father, because Christ first crossed that path and He wants to teach and instruct us.
Let us stand as disciples at the Master’s feet, that He may lead us, since He is the true way by which we will come to the Father.
Let your boyfriends learn: “Just because you love each other so much, you can not have sex!”Boy, learn: You can show all the affection to the girl you date or who you are engaged to without genitality.
Woman, do not abuse your femininity and do not want your boyfriend or boyfriend to give you “evidence”.The victim will be you!
Both: Do not make bait to attract the fish, because it follows the instinct, and the first to be caught is the bait.Do not ruin your life and your youth;Do not ruin your marriage and the one God has chosen for you.
Do not provoke the sexuality of the one whom the Lord gave you to be firm and secure in your marriage, to stand in your home.What unites a couple is not sex, it is not genitality, but love, tenderness and affection.Love each other deeply, first by dialogue, by presence, by security received, by love and fidelity.
Monsignor Jonas Abib Founder of the Canção Nova Community
It is important to understand what to do after a difficult day.
The Word of God teaches us: “ In my spirit faints within me, my heart is consumed.Tell me the road that I must follow, for to you I lift my soul.Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.May your good spirit guide me on a flat road “(Psalm 143,4,8b.10).
He knows those days when we think in our hearts: My God!Why did I get out of bed today?I should have stayed home sleeping!Well, those complicated days indeed do exist and happen even if we do not want them.Days when everything seems to run against us, where we spend the hours crossing people who are more distracting helping, so that everything gets under our skin and anything, no matter how small, is cause for irritation and whining.Hence the question: what do I do on a day like this?
As we read Psalm 143, we realize that the psalmist also had his moment of wanting to “lie in bed” and forget that such a day had existed.But what did he do?Murmured?Did you become a victim?Put the blame on everyone?The answer is “no”.At the very moment when he could no longer bear it, when his heart was consumed and his spirit faint, he prayed to God and asked that the divine will be fulfilled in his life.Instead of blaming “government,” the people around him, and the “system,” he begged the Lord to show him the way to go.He asked the Lord to be his teacher and, like an applied student, wished to learn to fulfill the divine will.
At this difficult time the psalmist goes on, he does not complain, but wants to learn to extract the sovereign will of God from the troubled environment, like a gold digger who finds grams of gold in the midst of tons of earth.
However, discovering and fulfilling the divine will, just at that moment when our desire drives us to want to “squeeze” someone, is not as simple as it seems.But I believe that the Holy Spirit can and wants to do a new work in our heart.It is up to you and me to ask the Divine Spirit to educate us in the concrete situations of each day, whether it is difficult or not.Let us ask Him to lead us always to discern the will of God in every moment, person or situation with which we face.Believe: God will do His part.He always does it.Then we will reap beautiful fruits of conversion and holiness.
I repeat: it is not as simple as it seems, but it is, without a doubt, something wonderful.I shared with you, in this article, something that God taught me to read this psalm before the tabernacle.And why was I standing before the tabernacle reading Psalm 143?Because, just like you and the psalmist, I also have my difficult days.
“Reinflame our hearts, Lord Jesus!Give us a heart tender and attentive to Thy holy will.May we learn by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, to find the peace that comes from the certainty of being in communion with God’s desire, even in the midst of the most complicated and distressing situations that we can face day by day.Teach me to complain less and to listen more to Your voice, to learn, more and more, to grow more and more and serve more and more for love.Amen.”
A hug and my prayers for you.
Alexandre Oliveira Missionary of the Canção Nova Community