Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wednesday 17th Week in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 17th Week in Ordinary Time
[St. Peter Chrysologus]
Jer 15: 10, 16-21 / Ps 59: 2-3, 4, 10-11,17,18/ Mt 13: 44-46
Reading: Jer 15: 10, 16-21
Woe is me, Mother, why did you bring me to the light? A man of dissension throughout the land! I owe them nothing, neither do they owe me, yet they all curse me! I devoured your words when they came. They were my happiness and I felt full of joy when you made your Name rest on me. Never did I associate with worldly people, amusing myself with scoffers! When your hand was upon me I stood apart and you filled me with your anger. Why is there no end to my sorrow or healing for my wound? Why do you deceive me, and why does my spring suddenly dry up? Then Yahweh spoke to me, "If you return I will take you back and you will serve me again. Draw the gold from the dross and you will be as my own mouth. You must draw them to you and not go over to them. I will make you a fortress and a wall of bronze facing them; if they fight against you they will not overcome you; I am with you to free you and save you. I will redeem you from the wicked and free you from the hands of tyrants."
Gospel: Matthew 13: 44-46
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. The one who finds it buries it again; and so happy is he, that he goes and sells everything he has, in order to buy that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like a trader who is looking for fine pearls. Once he has found a pearl of exceptional quality, he goes away, sells everything he has and buys it.
The crisis of the prophet Jeremiah is also ours. When life is hard, we question about our existence and especially about the love of God. These struggles are inevitable even if we feel we do not deserve them. And when trials come, we complain. I did not fall short of care and attention for my spouse yet, why was I abandoned? Why do I have this special child? The future awaits me but now with my terminal sickness there is nothing but death. Why am I always a failure?
We have read about Job in the Old Testament who was beset with misfortunes one after the other. He lost his wealth. He lost his children and friends. He was shunned by everybody because of his revolting skin disease. Yet, he did not lose faith in God. He believed in God's goodness. These trials brought him to a personal encounter of who God is. It is not anymore an experience that came from knowledge or lesson learned from parents, but this God became Job's personal God. In the storms of life we can call out to the Lord like Peter: "Lord, if it is you, call me." The Lord is not far,he will stretch out his hand to raise us up because he never confounds those who invoke his name.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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