The presence of God in me gives me strength and courage.
I am a child of God.
God is working through me.
It is time of LENT let me continue to do his will.
Today ash is blessed and placed on our foreheads. They are reminders of our sinfulness and of our littleness before God. [Mark 1:14-15]
This ash were once the psalms used on Palm Sunday. So they are also ashes of hope. Ash stands for purification and repentance. We take them to remind us that we are part of the creation of God. We are made by God, as is the earth and its dust, for life. In taking the ashes we are all equal: men and women, young and old, teacher and pupil; we are all equal in the sight of God. We all take the same ashes.
This ash have no value except in the sight of God. They are nothing but dust. We are nothing without God: in God we live and move and have our being.
A person needs inner strength to make any change in one’s own life
Giving advice or correction is a common practice. But to carry out the given advice or correction is not that easy. One needs courage and strength to execute it. Only with the strength of someone we can overcome certain weakness of ours. The person may request, “Please give me your strength so that with that courage I may be able to overcome the weakness which I always fail to overcome.”
For e. g. A father advised his son not to be so rough with others. In spite of the advice he continued the same mistake. So father decides to come home early and spent sometimes with the child. He took with him for outing. After sometime he could find without further advice, the child changed himself.
The love and care with the father’s presence gave strength to the child to carry out the advice given by the father.
To be Happy: Don’t do what you like; but like what you do
The Love that we give will return one day; need not be from the same person
The Sufferings that we undergo will bring blessings in return
If we really live our convictions, we will risk being misunderstood by others. Jesus Christ risked a lot. He risked the anger of political leaders and of religious leaders. He risked the misunderstanding of friends, family and followers.
Jesus in his life time always marvelled at saintly people (Nathaniel) and gave more importance to the sinners. Today many look at sinners with wonder and give them more importance.
I feel one should give more importance to the saint that is in oneself. The saintliness in me has to be cared. God has created us saints (created in the image and likeness of God Genesis). I am called to be another saint.