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  My Witness

Vol. 16, No. 1, January, 2011

Render to God the Things That are God's
by Sr. Brigid Meierotto, S.N.C.

Sister Brigid In this teaching, we will accept the word of God, the Scriptures, into our hearts and minds, letting them give light to us. The Scriptures are the inspired word of God which has the power to accomplish what it says, for us. Yes, for us, right here, right now.

The Scripture we are reflecting upon is Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Matthew 22:15-21; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5b. Read these passages slowly, prayerfully.

As you read the Scripture, in your heart ask the Holy Spirit to explain to you the message that the Lord has for you personally. Do not doubt that the Lord Jesus will do this for you, because that is why he came, so that you can get to know and to love Jesus. "These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you" (John 14:25f). Tell the Holy Spirit what you expect from him...something like this: "Holy Spirit, Jesus said that you would teach me all things and I believe him. Teach me to always render to Jesus what is his! Teach me to love Jesus with my whole heart, giving him praise and adoration with every breath -- teach me that the love of Jesus conquers all! Thank you, 0 Holy Spirit."

Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, preached to the Thessalonians that Jesus came to save them also. Paul writes in his first letter to them:

"For we know, brethren, beloved by God, that he has chosen you, for our gospel came to you not only in Word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction" ( 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5b ).
Closing prayer: Thank you, Spirit of love, for teaching me to render to the Lord what belongs to the Lord; myself, my family, my neighbors; all people of every nation -- all created by the Father, all saved by Jesus through his death and resurrection, and given new life, fullness of life in his Spirit! The love of Jesus conquers all! Thank you, 0 Holy Spirit! ." Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of that womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen!

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