“…In following Jesus.”

Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time/ July 10, 2020

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Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23

Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus warned His Apostles that in their missionary journey there will be always persecutions, trials, scourging, and rejections yet there is nothing to worry for the Spirit of the Father will overshadow them and protect them from those who will hand them over to the courts or synagogues.

Jesus did not promise a beautiful, comfortable, and easy life for those who follow in His footsteps. He does somehow even ‘discourage’ those who tries to follow Him saying, ‘foxes have dens, birds of the air have nests, but the son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:58); to the young man He told, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21); in Matthew 6:19 He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” In Matthew 7:13, He challenges, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” And in Luke 9:23 He said, Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” And now in our Gospel today Jesus said, “Beware for there will be persecutions, scourging, and difficult trials!” Yes, Jesus truly do not promise us comforts of this world, satisfactions and easy life, but He assures us that after all these things (troubles, difficulties, sufferings) which we are experiencing there is our ‘reward’ waiting – Beatific Vision – Face to face with the Holy Trinity.

And so, in our journey, many things will come, maybe difficult, or so heavy that we will somehow feel to give up. Unimaginable sufferings and heavy crosses which will destroy our faith and trust in the Lord. But, as the Lord Jesus said, these things will comes first! And we should never worry for the Lord will be always with us! If we only believe!

Am I ready to follow the Lord Jesus? If I am already following; am I entrusting everything in His care?

Prayer: Abba, praise and glory to You for sending us Your Only Beloved Son to be an example for us, how to believe and trust in You. May we who are faithful in following Your Son, always abide in Your Words of mercy and love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives with You in Unity of the Holy SPirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

“Gifts”

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time/ July 09, 2020

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Gospel: Matthew 10:7-15

Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus said to His apostles, as they go and proclaim the Kingdom of heaven, to cure the sick, cleanse lepers, raise the dead, and drive out demons, but as they received it without cost, they should give it without cost. And Jesus also told them not to take gold, or silver, or copper for their belts, no sack, sandals or walking stick, for as they labor they deserve their payment.

What does Jesus in today’s Gospel tells us? He tell us two important things in our journey. First, all the blessings, gifts, and charisms, are freely given by God to us. So as it is given freely we should also give them without cost to our brothers and sisters. Secondly, in our journey we should rely only in the Lord Jesus, to trust Him with all our hearts for He alone controls situations in our journey.

“You received it as a gift, give it as a gift” – What are the blessings or gifts we received from God? Can we enumerate Ten (10) gifts or blessings? Where we able to use these gifts or blessings and share with our neighbors without cost?

For me, these are the gifts/blessings I received from the Lord which I do believe, I already share without counting the cost;

  1. My life
  2. Playing Guitar
  3. Teaching
  4. Spiritual Directing
  5. Praying
  6. Meditation and reflection
  7. Accompaniment esp. in Youth Ministry
  8. Building Basic Ecclesial Communities
  9. Preaching
  10. Writing

With these gifts and blessings from the Lord, I believe, I contributed to the propagation and proclamation of the Kingdom of God. What are yours? Can you enumerate also?

Secondly, “Not to worry, and not to bring anything, just rely and trust in the Lord Jesus. The Lord already knows our needs before we ask Him. The Lord wants us to rely only to Him, and trust in His process. We may not understand everything now, what is happening in our life, in our community, in our family, in our society, but the Lord settled everything. We just need to trust in Him. May we always trust the Lord whatever happens in our journey.

Prayer: Abba, thank You for all the blessings you bestowed in our lives. Thank You for the gift of life and love or our families. May we use all the gifts for the glory of Your Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your SOn who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.