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Chosen Vessel of Grace

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: Joy comes from making God our focus, thus help us become the vessel of His sanctifying grace.

Good News Reflection
Friday of the Second Week of Easter
April 17, 2015

Today’s Saint: Stephen Harding

Today’s Readings
Acts 5:34-42
Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14
John 6:1-15

He wants us to become vessels of his grace in the world

Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? (John 6:5). With these words, Jesus launched Philip and the other disciples on a path of discovering more clearly who he was and what he had come to accomplish. Of course he was concerned about feeding the crowd of people who had come out to listen to him. But he already “knew what he was going to do” about that (John 6:6). He asked this question to help his disciples become more confident in their ability to build his kingdom on earth. Jesus didn’t want this miracle of loaves to be the last time God miraculously took care of his people. He wanted the Twelve to become familiar and even comfortable with the idea of performing miracles themselves.

And so Jesus involved his disciples in every step of this miracle. He asked Philip to assess the situation: the size of the crowd and the inadequacy of their own resources. When Andrew brought him a bit of food and a lot of skepticism, he accepted the gift and told the disciples to make the people sit down, to pass out the loaves, and to collect the fragments. From beginning to end, the Twelve were an integral part of the miracle.

What did the disciples learn that day? They learned to look at needs through the lens of God’s compassion. They learned to put their own meager offerings into Jesus’ hands, and to do so unselfishly. They learned to give thanks to God before and after each request. And they learned to rely on the power of God as they built the kingdom.

Jesus wants to do the same thing for us. He wants us to become vessels of his grace in the world. So whenever he brings a need to your attention, pay attention. He is not just asking you what you think. As he did with Philip, he’s inviting you to join him in doing something wonderful about it. If you’re alert for his direction and willing to take a step of faith, you’ll see wonders!

Chosen Vessel of Grace
Benedictus Vicimus

Jesus is inviting us, you, me, all of us
Be His hands, be His Feet upon this earth
Be the voice of Mercy and Compassion
Be the Vessel of His Grace through the gifts of the Holy Spirit

But ONLY WHEN THE HEART IS EMPTIED OF HUMAN BITTERNESS
CAN IT BE FILLED WITH DIVINE SANCTIFYING GRACE….
Free ourselves of fear, anger, bitterness and pain
Be the extraordinary heart of love and peace

He wanted to fill our cups with His divine and sanctifying grace
To withstand all the hindrances of holiness
To adhere to the Will of the Father
To increase in Him and decrease from ourselves

Be the Vessel of His Love and Compassion
Be the Vessel of His Grace and Divinity
Be the Vessel os His graciousness and generosity
Be the Vessel of Peace and Confidence

We are chosen from the very day of our conception
We are created for the divine purpose of God
To fulfill the mission of love in this life
BE THE VESSEL OF HIS SANCTIFYING GRACE and bear the fruits of His love. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE SOUL

ASPIRING VESSEL OF SANCTIFYING GRACE THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT

Lord Jesus Christ – Who before ascending into Heaven – did promise to send the Holy Spirit – to finish Your work – in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples – deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me – that He may perfect in my soul – the work of Your grace and Your love. Bless me oh Holy Spirit to be the Vessel of Your Holy and Sanctifying Grace, for it to increase in me each day. Jesus, make me a co-worker with you. Teach me how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom – that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world – but aspire only after the things – that are eternal –

the Spirit of Understanding – to enlighten my mind – with the light of Your divine truth –

the Spirit of Counsel – that I may ever choose – the surest way of pleasing God – and gaining Heaven –

the Spirit of Fortitude – that I may bear my cross with You – and that I may overcome with courage – all the obstacles that oppose my salvation –

the Spirit of Knowledge – that I may know God and know myself – and grow perfect in the science of the Saints –

the Spirit of Piety – that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable –

the Spirit of Fear – that I may be filled with loving reverence towards God and may avoid anything that may displease Him.

Mark me dear Lord – with the sign of your true disciples – and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.

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