THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU!
⏰Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 August 2019 – Memorial of St. Dominic)
📖Num 20:1-13; Ps 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d.ba); Matt 16:13-23
🎤THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU!
My dear, I want to beg you today for a special favour. Take out some time today to pray for me. As I preach the gospel to you and prove to be an instrument in the hands of God for drawing out water from the rock of salvation for you, that I may not be left out of that salvation when the Lord comes.
As you pray for me, pray for also for all the priests and all those who work as messengers of the gospel. Sometimes, the work of God can weigh us down so much so that we begin to forget the God of work. At some other times, the people and the demands of our work can lead us to begin to doubt the very essence of our vocation – God!
Consider the experience of Moses in Num 20:1-13 in that light. Remember that in the past, God had wanted to destroy the people and raise up a new nation through Moses but Moses interceded for the people and kept them for the Promised Land. Now, the same Moses would miss the Promised Lamb because of the people.
Does your action distract your pastor from focusing on the Promised Land? Have you ever been involved in activities that led him astray or about leading him astray? Jesus called Peter “Satan” for trying to do that. Hence, any time we do so, we are becoming another Satan.
Obviously, as leaders, God demands and expects so much from us. He knows that our mistakes can lead many to doom. So he wants us to have a personal knowledge and touch of him. Pray for us and help us achieve that instead of distracting us from it.
May we, like St. Dominic, whose memorial we celebrate today, preach the gospel with everything we got, especially with the manner of our lives. Amen.
Have a blessed and memorable day ahead. Peace be with you.