Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6
St. Paul writes, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor. 4:17,NIV).God uses circumstances to develop our characters. In fact, God depends more on circumstance to make us more like Jesus than He depends on our reading the scriptures. Beloved, not all the challenges are big, but no matter how they are, all are significant to God ‘s growth process for you. Hence St. Peter assures us thus: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Pet. 4:12) Sometimes however we complain when these trials come; feeling that they are unjustified. We forget that whatever happens to a child of God has a divine purpose attached to it. For the scripture says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8-9)
Sometimes, we suffer because of our own mistakes. In my life, I have suffered because I followed the wrong voice. I did my will instead of God’s will. I can’t blame God for my mistakes, but what I can say is God brought me through it and made me stronger and smarter in the process. Sometimes through trials God makes us humbler. St. Paul writes, “Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So, to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.” (2Cor. 12:7)
God may permit trials as a means of discipline. Proverbs 3:11-13 says, “My child, do not reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t get angry when He corrects you. The Lord corrects those he loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in. Happy is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gets understanding.” So let the trials you go through make you more dependent on the Lord; believing in His personal love for you. St. Paul concludes this reflection this way, “Know that in everything God works for the good of those who love Him. They are the people He called, because that was His plan. God knew them before He made the world, and He chose them to be like His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters.”(Rom. 8:28-28)
Jer 18:1-6; Ps 146:1b-2.3-4.5-6ab(R.5a); Accl Acts 16:14b; Gosp Mt 13:47-53 WEEKDAY St Eusebius of Vercelli, B. (Opt Mem) & St Peter Julian Eymard, P. (Opt Mem)
- Take the prayer of St. Padre Pio “Stay with me Lord” in AMEN IT IS DONE.
Exercise: Take seriously the prayer “Deliverance from Satan and Claiming the Full Victory” in “Amen: It Is Done”.
Meditation: 1 Corinthians 10:13