Scripture Reading: John 11:1-45
Prophet Jeremiah starts this day’s reflection thus: “But all who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will spoil. But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares”. (Jer. 30:16) In verse 4 of our scripture reference, today, Jesus told His disciples, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son may be glorified through it.”
Brethren, never you feel disappointed or broken-hearted when you are in trouble or think that the Lord seems not to be intervening as fast as we expect. The hand of the Lord is not too short or His ears deaf that He cannot hear. Do not be broken-hearted because in doing so you misinterpret God’s promises and seem to limit His ability to help you. Recall, beloved that our Lord said that whatever happens to us now is so that His name may be glorified. Martha and Mary fell into the mistake of determining the end by themselves but were disappointed. Mary concluded by saying, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” What is presumed to be an end or outcome of an event may not be so because when God intervenes in bad and ugly situation can become wonderfully good, heart-warming and glorious. This is because with God, we have the assurance that the later days can be better than the former. All these can happen if you can keep Jesus as your only friend. Never close your doors to Him. Mary and Martha did not close their doors to Jesus even though He was late in coming to their house by their calculation.In our world today, tragedy and suffering do not make sense, the flesh like a viral infection of the soul, resist them. This is why we fail to acknowledge the presence of God when things go tough with us. Our usual concern is when will this trial come to an end or why is God delaying in answering my prayers. Hear our Lord respond to your question: “And for your sake I am glad I was not there. So that you may believe.” Hear this beloved in Christ, the more difficult the situation, the more glorious and faith inspiring the testimonies. Great men of God such as Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, Elijah, David Paul, etc., had great challenges and great were their testimonies. So dear child of God let your trust in the Lord remain evergreen. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated by the spirit of unbelief.
Jer 26:11-16.24; Ps 69:15-16.30-31.33-34(R.14); Accl Mt 5:10; Gosp Mt 14:1-12 WEEKDAY ST JOHN MARY VIANNEY P. (MEMORIAL)
- Let us join Thomas Kempis in this beautiful prayer: “O Lord infuse in my heart the dispositions which You infused in the heart of the saints. This is the grace which I insistently ask of You, and which I hope to obtain from Your infinite mercy. Amen.
Exercise: Pray for all cancer patients, that they may receive healing from the Lord.
Meditation: John 9:3