⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 October 2017)

????Rom 4:20-25; Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 (R.v.68); Luke 12:13-21

It is once again a new working week. May the blessings of God, which was bestowed upon Abraham in abundance be also granted to you, and may the Lion of the tribe of Judah fight your battles against all principalities and powers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I’m sorry that I was not here to meet with you yesterday. A matter of great importance which is also for the good of the Church took me away all day. But I know that God himself was there with you to feed you just as he promised in Ezek 34:15. May he continue to shepherd you in his own special way through Christ our Lord. Amen.

And so, as this week begins, St. Paul reminds us that if we are able to place ourselves completely with faith, and without reservation, at the hands of God, we are surely going to be in the heart of God the way Abraham was (cf. Rom 4:20-25), hence gaining his blessings as Abraham did. We miss out on this whenever we begin to think we can make it on our own, without God.

There are a number of things that can make us to begin to trust in ourselves than trusting in God. Jesus pointed at two of them in the Gospel – greed and covetousness (see Luke 12:13-21). Sometimes, while striving to grab so much in life, we miss our target which is eternal life.

With his faith in God, Abraham gained both material wealth and eternal life. May God grant us the grace to also have deep faith in him, and so gain the material and spiritual prosperity in this new working week and beyond. Amen.

Have a smooth running and fulfilled new working week. Peace be with you.

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