"I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:6
Prayer: Lord, may I turn to You in my every need and every circumstance, that I may not depart from Your path. Help me to not be an obstacle to the work that You are doing in the world and in my own soul. Amen.
For all of us time is a gift. A gift that allows us to be changed, to grow in holiness all the days of our lives. But the reality is that we can also be changed for the worse. We can become wicked, and grow in wickedness.
John in our Gospel helps to lay out the formula of how to grow in grace, John reclines next to Jesus on his very heart. John desires to know the movements of Jesus's heart, what is His will. What are the things known to Jesus.
Unfortunately Judas is an example of the opposite. Judas in his very name means 'praised one.' Judas was called to success, not failure, but time after time, he grows interiorly distant from Jesus. And rather than drawing closer to the heart of Jesus, after lying to Jesus's face about betrayal, he takes the morsal and the devil enters Judas. Judas helps us to see how our thoughts, words, and deeds when not rendered to God can cause us to grow distant from God and even turn on God. This helps us to see that we want to entrust our thoughts, words, and deeds to God, that He can for them rightly in us, that we grow in holiness and love of God, not wickedness.
We are changeable, but it is up to us be moldible, maleable clay in the palms of our loving God.
May God richly bless you!
Again a video from last year when trying to adjust to life in COVID lockdown:
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