Becoming a Child of God
by Fr. Jonas Abib
Founder Cancao Nova
"He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man's decision but of God" (St. John 1, 10-13).
This is the truth we celebrated during Holy Week. Jesus is God from God, Light from Light and True God from True God. He was in the world, He became a human being like you and me, He was in the world but the world did not know Him.
Unfortunately the world does not know Him yet. Just think about the place where you live, your building and your neighborhood, how many people acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God? How many people acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God in your house? Jesus goes on making prodigies and giving signs even to those who do not know Him yet. Even though, those who believe in Him and receive Him in their hearts are granted the grace of becoming children of God. Those who love Jesus and give themselves away to Him, those who strive to obey His Will receive that grace.
Nicodemus, one of the Doctors of Law, realized that Jesus was the Messiah and met Jesus during the night. By doing so, Nicodemus disagreed with the opinion of other Doctors of his time, who did not accept Jesus.
Perhaps you are also part of that group who resists in acknowledging the Christ; perhaps you need to approach your Savior today.
Jesus answered to Nicodemus, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3,5).
Being born to a new life means becoming a child of God: new attitude and new behavior emerge from that birth; from that moment on, you cannot go on being your old self but a new man and a new woman.
Jesus wants to make all things new. You only need to open up to the Lord and receive Him as Your Savior, and God will make you be reborn from a Divine Father in Divine Filiation.
The roles we play in life as son, daughter, husband, wife, priest must follow Christ's model.
Jesus wants to grant us quality of life and not that kind of life we have been living. If you seek to break away from your old life, you must face your own reality: your reaction when you encounter difficulties, when you surrender to any kind of addiction or other human inclinations; you should realize how weak you are and ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life.
You cannot break free of your addictions and sins on your own.
Also, you should not wait to meet your Lord only after breaking free from your faults and sins. That is not possible because the Lord Himself is the Only One Who can help you to get your freedom.
Sin is part of our nature. It is ignorance not to accept our condition as sinner: bad thoughts, addiction, impurity and so on. If you are conscious of that, you know you have to seek healing. Even when we are not living addiction, adultery and other kinds of sin, we should take "vaccination" against them; like in Prevention Medicine, we should search for That One Who can protect and save us.
Sin transforms us into rebels. We are rebels when we accept our condition as sinner and only the blood of Jesus Christ can free us from rebellion.
Jesus saves us through His blood and Mary helps us to get nearer Her Son.
If you yearn for your freedom, pray like that:
Oh Jesus, inject your blood in me, free me because I know I am impotent to break free from my present condition. Thank You, Lord! I accept You as my Savior and put my life in Your Hands. Make me a New Man and grant me New Life. May I experience that New Life through the unction of the Holy Spirit and under Your guidance.
Even if the world does not know You, Lord, I want that my life can be transformed into Gospel to those who do not know You yet. Thank You, Lord, because in the Eucharist I have Your Presence strengthening life inside me.
http://www.cancaonova.net TX, US
Fr. Jonas Abib - Founder, 817 431-8512
Sin, New Life, Rebirth, Repentance
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 HD Video
- Will We Use Our Ears To Hear?
- Scientists discover elusive 'Angel Particles' are real
- Oh no! Is El Nino coming back to California?
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, July 25, 2017
- Pope Francis is set for something big, but what is it? HD Video
- St. James the Greater: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, July 25, 2017
- Statues of the Virgin Mary triumphantly return to Iraq, after defeat of ISIS HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, July 24th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 HD