⏰Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (14 July 2017)

????Gen 46:1-7, 28-30; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 (R.v.39a); Matt 10:16-23

Life is not always a bed of roses, and even if it were, rose plants still have thorns. In the same way, life comes with lots of challenges but those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion that cannot be shaken but stands firm forever (Ps 125:1). It does not matter how long it has been bad with you, there is always a light at the end of a tunnel.

The story of Jacob who had been in great pain over the loss of his child but regained the child with contentment (Gen 46:30) should serve as a source of encouragement to us. Like Jacob, may you also have the joy of having your good dreams come true through Christ our Lord. Amen.

While you are awaiting the accomplishment of that hope, remember that the journey may not be very smooth just as it was not for Jacob. Jesus already warned his disciples about that when he informed them that, as sheep, they are going to encounter wolves. On this, he made them two consoling promises:
????The Spirit of God will be with them (Matt 10:20);
????Their endurance will earn them salvation (Matt 10:22).

We therefore pray that the Lord may grant us strength and wisdom to overcome all the challenges that come our way in life and gain salvation in the end. Amen.

I wish a grace-filled day. Peace be with you.

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