Scripture Reading: Isaiah 41:10

These are the words of your Creator specifically to you today; “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

The Lord knows there is so much around you that may cause you to fear. He is aware of the several disappointments, heartbreaks, failures, etc., that may cause you to be dismayed and may even bring you to the point of total doubt of His very existence. He understands those moments of uneasiness and dread, when you feel choked up and so terribly alone. He sees the days when you feel like just running away from everything. Don’t you ever think He is unaware of your night time tears, He sees all, He knows all.

There are times in the life of every Christian when it seems like God has abandoned us and heaven is shut up to our prayers. During those hours, we sometimes find ourselves desperately pleading to God in prayer, but God appears to turn a deaf ear. Such times are frustrating and difficult to endure. At such times, we find ourselves asking,  “God, where are you?”

At the time when Jesus was finally going to leave His disciple at His ascension in Matthew 28:20, He reassured them of this very fact, “I am with you always even to the end of age.”  The Lord knew that the days were coming when they would be tempted to doubt His care and presence.

No matter what you are going through, the Lord says to you, I am never far. He is the ever present help in times of need. Hebrews 13:5 says, “For He God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any decree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down (relax my hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” (Amplified Version).

At the time when it seems that all odds are adding up against you and when at every side there are no oppositions, the Lord wants you to have no doubt of His presence and care. We only need to acknowledge His presence, and His everlasting peace will flood our souls.

Here is the Master’s words for you in John14:27, “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you… do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” When you feel bereft and like an orphan, remember He promised never to leave you as an orphan. He has promised us His everlasting love and that is what we have. So stop listening to that voice that tells you that your life is over, give no heed to the evidence the devil presents before you, showing you your life as meaningless and purposeless. Don’t believe it when situations scream at you that God has forsaken you. He has not and He never will. Our Savior felt deserted on the Cross but He obviously was not, God was only waiting to show the greatness of His power on the Resurrection morning. Don’t give up; wait for your own Resurrection morning.

MASS: GREEN Is 58: 7-10; Ps 112: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9 (4a); 1 Cor 2: 1-5; Mt 5: 13-16 FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Prayer Points:

  1. Thank the Lord for not leaving you an orphan.
  2. Thank the Lord for the promise of a Resurrection morning.
  3. Take your difficulties and burdens to Him and leave them there.
  4. Father, in your mercy heal all the sick especially from terminal diseases.

 Exercise: Spend some time today with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Meditation: Isaiah 41:14

 

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