IT IS ALL ABOUT THE GLORY OF THE LORD!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 August 2018)

đź“–Ezek 1:2-5, 24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; Matt 17:22-27

Can you feel the glory of the Lord around you? Or has the challenges of life led you into despair, thinking that the Lord has abandoned you? Embrace your eyes of faith once more and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

While the Israelites were in exile in Babylon, they had hoped that their time there was going to be very short, as the Lord who chose them would not abandon them. The prophet Jeremiah had criticized this false hope because it kept repentance far from them. Ezekiel was a young priest in the Temple of Jerusalem when they were taken into exile. So he had a good knowledge of the situation.

When the desired salvation was not seen in view, the people began to despair, thinking that the Lord has abandoned them due to the sins of their forefathers. That was the time Ezekiel received his vision. While the people were seeing the dark cloud of doom, Ezekiel was seeing the glory of the Lord (cf. Ezek 1:2-5, 24-28) because, indeed, heaven and earth are full of his glory (cf. Isa 6:3).

That vision of Ezekiel also concerns us. At this time when many evils have befallen our nation, even with the present economic crisis and unending security threats and their accompanying fear of the unknown, instead of running into despair, let us run back to God. He would surely not let us down.

Jesus commanded the fish to produce the coin that was used to pay the tax for his group. He is going to ensure your freedom and breakthroughs even from unfamiliar grounds, to the glory of his name. Amen.

Have a glorious and fulfilled working week ahead. Peace be with you.

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