Fr. Sanctus Mario
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Find A Way Out. Monday Second Week of Advent

Breakfast With the Word Monday Second Week of Advent

 

Luke 5:17-26

 

One of the lyrics that inspired me in life is “ I’M MAKING MY WAY HOME by Tom Rosenthal. The beginning of the lyrics says:

 

They say it’s a matter of time
A thousand days and the sun won’t shine
Before I come back to you

And I’m happy, nothing’s going to stop me
I’m making my way home, I’m making my way

 

The song is a reflection of someone whose mind is willing to find a way despite the years it takes. You may find a little time and search for it on Youtube. The song is highly inspiring.

 

When problems come, when challenges hit us at the face, it looks as if every door is closed, the easiest thing we do at this time is to blame, criticize and lose faith in God. Sometimes it is very easy to make excuses, but instead of looking for excuses, find a way.

 

There is still a way out of every problem. I so much have this singular belief that there is a way out of every situation lying out there unless God concludes.

 

This is one of the inspiring traits we can see in ants. The only creature we cannot stop from achieving its purpose despite how hard it seems is an ant.

 

When ants walk and you try to block their movement, they will certainly find a way out. Hence, when the challenge seems bigger, they come in numbers and groups to face the challenges at hand.

 

When we go through the readings of today which surely have different interpretations, this is the first lesson one can draw from today’s reading.

 

The Gospel.

 

In today’s gospel, while Jesus was teaching, some people came bringing a paralyzed man to Jesus but they were prevented by the huge crowd surrounding Jesus.

 

Instead of losing hope or blaming the crowd for being their stumbling block, they decided to find a way. They climbed to the top of the roof of the house and let him down from the top of the roof in the presence of Jesus.

 

Jesus marvels at their faith. He praises their faith and hence forgives and heals the man in question. One of the things that will surely inspire us about these people is their willing and zealous spirit to find a way despite the stumbling block.

 

 

What Stops You.

 

When we critically look at the reading of today, we will surely discover that there are many things that would have stopped these people from making their way to Jesus.

 

When they saw the huge crowd, they would have lose faith, criticize and blame one person or another. They would have put blame on Jesus even but they were not stopped by what they see.

 

Therefore, In life, do not quit your heart dreams because of what you think or see, rather try a way out. Even when you do not find a way, make a way yourself.

 

Luke does not tell us the exact place this takes place but many suggest it is in a synagogue which is reserved for teaching. But In Mark’s account of Mark 2:1-12, it happened in the house where Jesus is staying.

 

These groups of people would have wasted their time worrying and waiting for the synagogue service to end. Some scholars even envisage that the top of the building of the synagogue is very high. Hence not even the height of the building could stop them.

 

What is stopping you from reaching your destination? Instead of backsliding and losing faith, find a way out.

 

Find a way even when problems seem insurmountable. When life gives you a hundred reasons to lose faith and become tired, give life a hundred reasons why you will never give up. Even when people seem to lose faith in you, do not lose faith in yourself. Always find a way out.

 

Where You May Find A Way.

 

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1. Others may help you find a way. Today, the paralysed man was healed because of the faith and tenacious spirit from others.

 

We know that Ants conquer fortresses only when they are in groups. No organisation, company or business works alone. This means that You may need the help of the other person.

 

Always seek for direction when you can from other people. Therefore, when you are stucked and you do not know what to do, seek advice, help and direction from those who have done it before you. They may help you find a way.

 

Someone says “follow those who know road”. In today’s gospel, if not for the help of other people, the paralytic wouldn’t have been healed. Sometimes, we need the help and faith of other people to find a way.

 

Secondly, it is good to work in groups. find people who are eager to help you. Even Jesus did not do His ministry alone. He sought for the help of His apostles. Even the apostles also had disciples. Always do the same.

 

 

Thirdly, when you pray and it looks as if nothing is happening, ask the help of others. Ask people to pray for you.

 

You may even request masses from them or request the prayers of little children. Their prayers are very powerful. Children are like angels in God’s presence.

 

 

 

2.The Head may help you find a way. Spend time to think out solutions rather than excuses. The head is full of solutions and ideas to solve problems.

 

If you like, you can wake up early in the morning and use the moment to think of solutions after your prayers. The best place to do this is in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. You may try it.

 

The people who brought the paralytic to Jesus today would have lost hope but they have to think out a solution.

 

So, that time we always worry over our problems, let us use it to think a way out.

 

3.God always has a solution. After every effort the people made today, we will discover that Jesus was the final solution.

 

So, In today’s event, we will discover the three seeds of every great achievement. They are; think, work and pray.

 

The people thought out a solution, worked towards it and Jesus made it happen. Let us do the same. God always makes a way even in the midst of impossibility.

 

It may take a long time but find a way if it truly matters to you.

 

 

May God bless you dearest and help us to stand always on His Word. May He give us the grace to overcome our challenges Amen.

 

Read More

 

Prepare the Way for the Lord, Second Sunday of Advent

 

Do you believe I can do These

 

The Harvest is Rich

 

When Jesus is the Foundation

 

The Secret About Jesus

 

Be Grateful to God

 

The Time of tribulation will not last forever

 

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46 Comments
  1. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Very inspiring. Thank you Padré

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen

  3. Emilia Arinze says

    Lord God thanks for the word , encouraging us not to work alone , may we find like mind people that we can use to push ahead n achieve our aim , towards any challenge that looks impossible. United we stand to pray for one another n seek the fave of God in our request . amen

  4. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen

  5. Lois Blessing Paul says

    At all times, dear Lord, may I remember these words to think out a way to solve problems rather than weep and worry over them. May I always think, work and pray.
    AMEN

    1. Helen says

      Am so blessed with this reflection. You really talked to my spirit. More grace Padre 🙏 🙏🙏🙏 thank you.

  6. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn. My God and my Lord, I put all my trust in You.

  7. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Father and may God bless you.

  8. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  9. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, may God help us to find a way out no matter how long it may take in Jesus Name, Amen

  10. Eze Ezinne promise says

    Amen

  11. ANGELA MADU says

    Amen and Amen

  12. Nwokedike Chinenye says

    Amen
    Give me the grace to abide by your words

  13. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    In Christ Jesus, there is solution to every challenge that we may end encounter in life. Therefore, in faith, let us adopt the three seeds of every great achievement; think, work and pray.
    May God help us to overcome every obstacle to our break through. Amen.

  14. Lazarus Okoroafor Andrew says

    O Lord please give us the grace that we may always know the rightful way to approach God despite the challenges and the distraction we see on the way. Amen

  15. Agbai ujunwa felicity says

    Thank you you Jesus. Father we thank you for this word of encouragement, we pray that we will never give up in life. We pray that when we find ourselves in difficult situations that the spirit of God will always direct us to those who will really help us and not those that will lead us astray … We ask this through Christ our Lord Amen

  16. Adichie Lilian Chizoba says

    Amen

    I love the part where we ask permission for their prayers when ours is not solving our problem. Thank you father

  17. Onyiam Ogechi says

    Father, may I always find a way out in all that might face me Amen.

    May You Lord always give me a solution.

    1. Ogechi Anugwom says

      Lord Jesus, please always show me and my family the way out of every tight situation in Jesus name Amen

  18. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen …. May God help us to always find solution to our problem….. Amen….

    God bless u abundantly Fr

  19. Adeline Chidimma says

    God I need your Grace to overcome my challenges and I also pray for my dearest siblings, for You Our God to help us find solution to our problems. I pray for my kid brother Samuel Nnadozie Onuoha who is currently having issues in his place of assignment that you my Lord will help him and solve this issues for him, vindicate him O Lord. IJN Amen

  20. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.

  21. OJIOGBU JACINTA says

    Amen…Lord help me to always look for solutions rather than excuses 🙏

    1. Njideka Aniagolu says

      Amen!!!

  22. Chibuzor says

    Lord may ur light shine upon me and my family and may we always find a way in our difficult moment. Amen

  23. Ugochukwu Gregory Onochie says

    Thank you Padre. May God always make a way where there seems to be no way for us

  24. Ifeoma Chikelu says

    Jesus is the way, the solution to all my problems. May we also find favour in his presence in Jesus name Amen

  25. Ifeoma Chikelu says

    Jesus is the way, the solution to all my problems.

  26. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    My loving God, may you always show me a way to conquer challenges in my life, and that of my family/loved ones, in Jesus most powerful name, amen. Thank you for granting our spiritual director, Fr Sanctus, sufficient inspiration for daily ‘breakfast with the word’ that uplifts our spirit. May I, through this daily food, be fully transformed positively in the spirit of my mind, through Christ our lord, amen

  27. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  28. Joy says

    Amen

  29. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Amen. I pray that the Lord grant us his unfailing graces to forge ahead and remain strong, despite the challenges of life, Amen🙏

  30. Mbama Christiana says

    This is a beautiful and inspiring reflection. Thank you Padre. I pray for the grace to remain steadfast amidst the storms of this earth. Amen

  31. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  32. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    “When life gives you a hundred reasons why you should lose faith and get tired, give life a hundred reasons why you should never give up”.
    Lord help me never to forget this. Amen

  33. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr for this inspiring msg.

  34. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, may God give us the grace to always look beyond our obstacles in life and forge ahead 🙏

  35. Paxk says

    Lord pls give me the grace not to loose hope or give up in the face of challenges, rather let your holy spirit inspire me to tenaciously seek out means to overcome. Amen 🙏

  36. Charlesmary Okonkwo says

    To God be the Glory who has give is his Son as the only way Out! May God bless his word in our souls AMEN AMEN AND AMEN!!!

  37. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  38. Mercy E Johnny says

    Thank you Jesus for ur word today, Lord give me way out of my present situation as I put all my trust in you Jesus my Lord and my God. And bless your priest Fr Sanctus Mario in a very special way through Christ our Lord. Amen

  39. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen

  40. Ochuba Ebuka says

    Somehow we find our way out of every mess while picking up the message therein

  41. Okeke Chioma Agatha says

    Amen

  42. Kaycee Omeke says

    Amen
    Thank you Fr.

  43. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Amen

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