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The Armour of God – Ephesians 16:10-18

2. Ephesians 6:10-18 The Armor of God:

“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

St Paul is urging us to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. If we are fighting a battle we definitely need to be strong and we can be strong only if we are in the Lord and when we are in Him we are filled with His mighty power. How can we be strong in the Lord. We can be strong in the Lord by praying 24 hours a day. You might ask me – pray 24 hours a day? Well, how can we do that?

We begin our day with the Morning Offering and saying our morning prayers, attending Mass in the morning or evening and receiving Holy Communion. If we are not able to attend Mass or if we attend Mass after the Gospel, then we could receive Jesus Christ in Spiritual Communion or we should make that extra effort of coming early for Mass, atleast in time for the Gospel where Christ Jesus speaks to us.

The Mass is divided into two parts.

1. The first part of the Mass is the Liturgy of the Word.
2. The Second part of the Mass is the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Jesus talks to us the Gospel and it is very important that we be present to listen to what He says. My dear brothers and sisters, when the gospel is being read by the priest, deacon or the catechist at the Children’s Liturgy, you can be sure that Christ Jesus is standing next to them and He is looking at each one of you. So it is with great respect that we stand and listen to the Gospel when it is being read and we need to make sure that we are present atleast just before the Gospel, if we cannot make it any earlier, if we want to receive the Body and Blood of Christ at Holy Communion. This is necessary out of Love and Respect for Our Lord Jesus Christ.

For those of us who cannot attend daily Mass, then it is imperative that we go early for Mass on the weekend. Nothing else should be given priority on the weekend. Our priority should be to attend Mass and to be there early. This should be done out of Love for Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

For those of us who attend daily Mass, we should attend Mass early or if we come after the Gospel we could receive Jesus Christ spiritually. The prayer is as follows:

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER:

“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.”

Below is a quote from Pope John Paul II:The practice of Spiritual Communion “has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.”

I also give below a quotation from St Francis of Aquinas regarding Spiritual Communion:

“An ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.”If we have time during the day or night we could visit a church or a chapel that we have access to day or night and spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament. For those who work during the day, they could visit the chapel in the evening or night and spend atleast half an hour or an hour before the Blessed Sacrament. Doing this on a daily basis is very beneficial for our souls and also for those whom we pray for.

During the day, as we continue with our work, we could constantly in our minds and hearts whisper a loving prayer to Jesus Christ. We could whisper to Him that we love Him and that we need Him. We could tell Him to be near us and to protect us from all harm and from all evil. We can ask Him to stay near us and keep our minds, hearts and bodies pure as we are the Temples of the Holy Spirit. More especially we need to try to live a Holy life and if we fall into sin (veniel sins), at night before we go to bed, we could make a very sincere “Act of Contrition” and ask God to preserve us from sin in the future. We need to have a very strong desire not to hurt or wound our Lord Jesus Christ by sinning. When we go to sleep at night, we could ask Our Lord Jesus Christ to stay near us and to protect us as we sleep. It is very important that we pray and ask the Lord to always keep us in His Presence. If we are in His Presence, He will give us the grace not to fall into grievious sin. But if we fall into grievious sin, we must approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation where Our Lord Jesus Christ is waiting to forgive us of our sins and to reconcile us with His Father in Heaven.

Will complete ‘The Armour of God later today”


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October 17, 2011 - Posted by | Charismatic Renewal

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