DAILY CHEWING STICK: 20TH JULY, 2015.
(Exodus 14:5-18,Mt 12:38-42).
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Good morning Children of God and welcome to a new week of Grace and Favour.
Our readings today encourage us to deepen our FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD BECAUSE HE WILL SURELY SAVE AND DELIVER US FROM THE DANGERS OF THIS NEW WEEK.
Brethren, do you know that ma,n by nature is INSATIABLE? Nothing satisfies us! A man who does not have N1,000 for instance, gets N1,000,000; HE WILL STILL ASK FOR MORE! WE HAVE BECOME OLIVER TWIST BECAUSE WE ALWAYS ASK FOR MORE. This often times leads to GREED AND AVARICE, which in turn leads to JEALOUSY & HATRED.
In the gospel today, despite ALL THE MIRACLES, WONDERS AND EVERYTHING JESUS DID, the Pharisees were still asking for A SIGN to believe in Him.
Beloved Child of God, waking up from your bed this morning, ARE YOU ALSO ASKING FOR SIGN TO BELIEVE IN GOD?
– Do you know some people were rushed to the hospital overnight?
– Do you know some people are using oxygen to breathe now, but we are enjoying free breath?
– Do you know that somebody, somewhere, cannot urinate easily without connection of pipe?
– Did you not wake up at night to urinate?
– Have you not urinated this morning since you woke up?
WHAT OTHER SIGNS ARE GREATER THAN THESE ONES THAT WILL MAKE US BEHAVE LIKE THE PHARISEES?
Brethren, as Moses told the people of Israel in the first reading when they were almost CONSUMED AND DESTROYED BY PHARAOH AND HIS CHARIOTS; He said: “Do not be afraid, stand firm and see the salvation that the Lord will accomplish for you today” (Ex 14:13); so also I say to you DO NOT BE AFRAID THIS NEW WEEK. FOR THE EGYPTIANS OF SICKNESS, POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT, BARRENNESS, FAILURE, ATTACK, EVIL PLANS OF THE ENEMIES, ETC THAT YOU SEE TODAY, YOU SHALL SEE THEM NO MORE IN JESUS NAME, AMEN! Trust and Obey for it is well with you!
About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Stick to spread God’s word electronically to all.