Just a quick post this morning to share with you all one of the greatest privileges I’ve ever had in my life — my first reflection published in Didache, one of the daily Scripture reflection guides published by our company, Shepherd’s Voice Publications.
I remember how, as a teenager, I would read Didache and other publications by Shepherd’s Voice, including Bro. Bo Sanchez’s books, and how I would be inspired, touched, sometimes even shaken to the core, by the reflections of the writers. I never imagined that I would be one of those writers, but, by God’s amazing grace and perfect plan, that’s where I am now. 🙂 Indeed, God knows well the plans He has for us.
My Didache reflection today focuses on the Gospel reading, taken from Mark 7: 1-13. I pray that God will use it to inspire you (and remind me!) to really practice what we preach, and live out our faith in all aspects.
MORE THAN LIP SERVICE
“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” – Mark 7:6
How many times have we said certain things but contradicted our words with our actions?
We tell our spouses that we will love, honor and cherish them “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part,” but when the going gets tough, oftentimes we wish we were “going” too! (Gulp! I’m guilty of this!)
We tell our kids that they’re important to us, but we don’t look at them when they’re talking to us or pay attention when they’re showing us their latest “masterpieces.” Instead, we’re focused on our cell phones or computers. (Guilty here, too!)
We tell our God that we love, honor and worship Him alone — but we get distracted by other “gods” in our lives — our work, worries, material things, desire for success, the media, etc. (Ahem… guilty again!)
What a great reminder we have in God’s Word for today! Bearing in mind His words, let’s commit ourselves again to really honor God with our hearts, and to practice what we preach. After all, actions really do speak louder than words. Tina Santiago-Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reflection: Today, offer to the Lord your heart, hands and life in prayer and worship.
Lord, please take me back to the heart of worship — it’s all about You, Jesus! Use my words and actions — my whole life — to glorify Your name.
St. Apollonia, pray for us.
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