Powerful Catholic Reflections for the day – 24th February 2023

Hello Friend!!! Welcome you to this Powerful Catholic Reflection for the day 24th February 2023. I am very happy to see you coming to read this reflection. Today’s readings.

Main Theme of the Day: Not only the act but the whole life!

First ReadingISAIAH 58. 1-9a
Gospel ReadingMATTHEW 9. 14-15
Readings of the Day

Focus of the Today

 In all religions, there are many religious practices and activities. It is not enough that they are done devoutly but they must bring about a change in life

Inspiring Catholic Reflection for the Day

1.      No religion lacks some devotional exercises and religious obligations. Many perform them faithfully. For sure, prayers, fasting, and almsgiving are practised in every religion. But the real issue is how much change takes place in their concrete life

2.      Often, their devotion does not correspond to their life. The fidelity, rigour, enthusiasm, and generosity shown in the religious domain often are not seen in day-to-day life. Thus, we see many who donate huge sums in their temples but are either so greedy or indifferent to the needy. Many are so faithful to their prayers but are very deceptive toward others. Many are so rigorous in fasting but are devoid of self-discipline

3.      Their bundles of prayers do not really bring them closer to God. Their fasting does not help them to be pure before God. Their almsgiving does not increase their spirit of sensitivity and compassion

4.      Thus we see often religious actions fail to groom persons in an intimate relationship with God and steady kindness and justice toward others. Pious practices may abound but they do not touch and change the spirit, attitudes, and perspectives of the person. In short, religious fidelity may not lead to an authentic life of faith and charity

5.      So it is no wonder that there are many who believe and perform many things in the religious domain but do not live a good and holy life. This is where a life of contradiction emerges and religion and spirituality become shallow and lose their credibility

6.      It is in this context that God is outspoken in both readings. In the first reading from Isaiah, God speaks out his mind that fasting which fails in justice and charity is not pleasing and even detestable in his sight.

7.      In the gospel, Jesus indicates that fasting (and for that matter all religious practices) will lose their value if they do not lead to the presence and intimacy of the Lord, the real “bridegroom”. They must help us to celebrate his presence and also to regain his lost company if it happens so.

Direction For Life

It is the right time that we examine whether our religious practices renew our life and make us more holy and charitable

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