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Reflections

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October 02, 2018 (Tuesday of Week 26: The Guardian Angels)

 

Who long for death

 

Dear friends in Christ, I have met people who long for death, either because of old age or illness. Not out of despair, but because they believe that it brings rest after earthly toil. I have also seen and heard of those who desire death just to end the present situation. They are unable to come to terms with their present predicament and feel that dying will save them the shame. Sometimes when the storm is over, such people regret that they ever thought so, or attempted suicide. Today the Church celebrates the Holy Guardian Angels, Jesus says, “See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven always gaze on the face of my Father.” This feast is a call to celebrate these angels who guard us on earth yet remain in the presence of God.

 

In our first reading (Job 3:1-3.11-17.20-23), Job cursed the day of his birth. Job had suffered a second wave of attack by satan who touched the skin so that he was now covered in sores from head to toe. He sat down in ashes, completely stripped now of his wealth, power, family and good health. Who in his condition will not contemplate death, as the best escape from the troubles? Like any person weighed down by sorrow, he expressed his mind about his pains. He questioned why he came into the world and did not die at conception or at birth. “Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?…Why was I not a hidden untimely birth, as infants that never see the light?…Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they find the grave?” Even the most faithful of people have their moments of doubt about their faith, about why they face difficulties, when it seems the bad guys get it easy. 

 

The gospel (Luke 9:51-56) presents the reaction of some of the disciples of Jesus to their rejection in a village of the Samaritans. Because of the animosity between the Jews and the Samaritans, they will not allow the party, to pass through their place because it was going to Jerusalem. James and John said to Jesus, “Lord do you want us bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?” As human beings, we become impatient sometimes, with those who do not see things our way. We cannot however preach the good news with violence. Jesus rebuked them and took another route. Those who do not accept your message today, will someday celebrate you. Patience is necessary in the work of the gospel.

 

 

Let us pray: O God, save us in your name. Do not allow us to be tempted beyond we can bear. Keep us save in your love. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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