“HE TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR DISEASES” (Matt 8:17)

⏰Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 June 2018)

📖Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps 74:1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 20-21 (R.v.19b); Matt 8:5-17

My dear, today marks the end of the month of June. Today, the first half of the year 2018 will officially come to an end. May it also bring to an end, your pains and afflictions, your disappointments and failures. May you be prepared to welcome new realities in your life and in all that concern you through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You need to be sure of this my dear, God can do all things and with him, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). There is no hopeless situation insofar as he is actively involved, and the way to get him involved is by having an absolute faith in him. This is the type of faith that comes with an emptying of the self before God – a proof of our helplessness and nothingness without him.

The centurion, today gives us an example of that type of faith in Matt 18:5-9. That was a kind of faith that was well flavoured with humility. Till date, the humble declaration of this centurion is repeated by all at Mass: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matt 8:8).

What is that seemingly hopeless situation you have found yourself in? Is it something that has defiled possible solutions? I’m sure it wouldn’t be worse than the conditions which the Israelites found themselves in while in exile as the book of the Lamentation shows. If the Lord could deliver them from such pain and misery, how can he not deliver you too?

May your faith in God continue to grow in strength, enabling the Spirit of God to always hover around your home and affairs, to guide you and deliver you from all obstacles. Amen.

Have a grace-filled and happy weekend. Peace be with you.

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