Posted by Br Lewis Harwood FSC
on 12 August 2019
Loving and gracious God,
We thank you for the gift of life and for the blessings you give us.
Through our Baptism, help us to live out and witness to your joys and hopes. May others be inspired to take up the cross and follow you as bearers of the Gospel and bring your goodness to the last, the least and the lost. May the good news of your peace and grace be with all those discerning their vocation in life.
We may this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour.
Scripture Reading: St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians (4:4-13)
There is one Body, one Spirit, just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
On each one of us God's favour has been bestowed in whatever way Christ allotted it. That is why it says: He went up to the heights, took captives, he gave gifts to humanity. When it says, 'he went up', it must mean that he had gone down to the deepest levels of the earth.
The one who went down is none other than the one who went up above all the heavens to fill all things.
And to some, his 'gift' was that they should be apostles; to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; to knit God's holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ, until we all reach unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God and form the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.
Quiet Reflection Reading:
Pope Francis Exhortation: Christus Vivit To Young People and To The Entire People of God
147 - Clearly, God's word asks you to enjoy the present, not simply to prepare for the future: "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own; today's trouble is enough for today" (Mt 6:34). But this is not the same as embarking irresponsibly on a life of dissipation that can only leave us empty and perpetually dissatisfied. Rather, it is about living the present to the full, spending our energies on good things, cultivating fraternity,
148 - Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, when imprisoned in a concentration camp, refused to do nothing but await the day when he would be set free. He chose "to live the present moment, filling it to the brim with love". He decided: "I will seize the occasions that present themselves every day; I will accomplish ordinary actions in an extraordinary way".78 As you work to achieve your dreams, make the most of each day and do your best to let each moment brim with love. This youthful day may well be your last, and so it is worth the effort to live it as enthusiastically and fully as possible.
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