Matthew 13: 36-43
Lord, thank you for this new day. I believe that you are present in my heart. I believe that you want to give me your wisdom to live this life fruitfully. I trust that your mercy will protect me as I struggle against evil. I love you because you have overcome evil by your cross and resurrection. I want to live this moment of prayer as an intense moment to be transformed by you.
Lord, help me to look forward to your triumph with hope.
1. He is Watching Us:
The difference between good and evil is not lost for God. He knows the struggles we have to live goodness in this world that is often so impregnated with evil. He assures us that he sees the good that is done and will give recompense for it. I should strive to live each day knowing that I am seen by God and consistently try to sow goodness in my life.
2. The Limit of Evil:
When sometimes it seems like evil can triumph in the world, we need to recognize that God has the last say over evil. He mysteriously allows evil to exist so that good can become purified. There will be a moment when evil will be judged and will no longer have power over our lives. If we have sowed goodness with our lives and if we are living in God's grace, he will free us from the domain of evil forever. Let us build up our confidence in the coming of his kingdom. Let us use the struggle against evil as a way to show the sincerity of our love.
3. We Reap What We Sow:
The assurance of Christ that there will be a final judgment gives Christians both soberness and joy in living their lives. We know our efforts are not in vain. We realize that this life is the short opportunity the Father gives us to do good and prepare for our great destiny with him. When I am tempted to lose patience in the fight, I must remember that the struggles will soon be over, and God will more than recompense for the sacrifices I have made in following his will and promoting goodness in the world.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I believe that you are in charge of my life.
I renew my trust in the triumph of your holiness in my life.
When I feel the pull of evil in my heart, I will remember
that this life is short and that my struggle is precious
in your eyes. Help me to keep my eyes on the
happiness you are preparing for me.
I will speak about the joy of receiving the sacrament of reconciliation with someone I meet today, planting in that person's heart the seed of the desire to receive this sacrament.
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