⏰Friday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (17 Nov. 2023 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary)

📖Wis 7:22 – 8:1; Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175 (R.v.89a); Luke 17:20-25


Do you still have any doubts, either by your actions or in your mind or even manner of speech, that there is God? Funny question, abi? OK. Let’s see how funny it is.

There are different ways to doubt the existence of God:
👉That time I was in a big trouble and decided to seek solutions in the house of witch doctors, or give out bribe in cash or in kind, I’m doubting there is God who can help me (see Exod 32);
👉The time I allowed human wants to push me into not waiting on Divine Providence, like the Israelites (1 Kgs 8:6-8, 10:19), and then go into stealing or cheating in order to make gains, I am rejecting the existence of God who is able to provide all things for us (cf. Eph 3:20);
👉The time I tell lies to save myself from troubles, I reject the existence of God who is the truth (cf. John 14:6) and choose to believe in devil, the father of lies (cf. John 8:44).

Think of the many other ways through which we reject God and empower human reason. We must take heed today lest we be taken unawares when the Lord shall come to demand an account of our lives from us (see Luke 17:26-37).

St. Elizabeth of Hungary was a woman born with worldly affluence and had everything going well for him in life. But she was able to discover that all those things are perishable, and so she dedicated her life to works of charity so that she can prepare for herself, a place in Christ.

May God grant us the grace of remaining vigilant at all times so that the cares of this world would not distract us from focusing on him who is the source of all we have and are. Amen.

Have a blessed day ahead. Peace be with you.

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