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Reflections

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October 03, 2018 (Wednesday of Week 26: St Therese of the Child Jesus)

 

Foxes have holes

 

Dear friends in Christ, today we celebrate St Therese of the Child Jesus, Patron of Missions. She lost her mother at the age of four and joined the Carmelite convent at 15. The memoirs of this Holy Nun “The Story of a soul,” published a year after her death, was the beginning of ‘a storm of glory.’ —Conversions, cures and apparitions were attributed to the little Saint with glory.

 

Our first reading today (Job 9:1-12.14-16) presents Job’s answer to the intervention of his friends. They had tried to convince him that he cannot continue to lay claim to his innocence while going through the worst time of his life. For them he must have sinned, even if unknown to him, to have been visited with what seems to be the wrath of God. Job however in his answer again recognised God as the supreme being, before whom no one can claim to be just. He sees God as the Almighty before whom one stands no chance. “How can a man be just before God? If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him one in a thousand times…How then can I answer him, choosing my word with him? Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him: I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.” Job remains careful in the choice of his words, because he recognised that God knows best in all situations. All judgements on how we have lived our lives belong to God. What we owe is to continue to do the best possible in all things, trusting in the mercy of God.

 

In today’s gospel (Luke 9:57-62), Jesus sets tough conditions for would-be followers. In the first instance, a man had said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” In this man, we see one who is willing to volunteer for the work of mission. But Jesus told him clearly what is involved. No one is forced into it, if you choose to follow me, then be prepared to live like me. “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” The conditions are very strict, but there are men and women today, who have given up the comfort the world has to offer, to bring the gospel message to the world of our time particularly, priests and religious. Another person called by Jesus had an excuse, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  Jesus told him to go and deliver the message of the kingdom, as that is more important. Another person wanted to follow Jesus, but only after he had said goodbye to his family. To him Jesus responded, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom.” Ploughing with animals require great concentration, as the animals can go off their path easily. The followership of Jesus, demands that we remain committed and faithful, all the way, to get the right result. How committed are you to your faith in Christ?

 

 

Let us pray: Come walk with us Lord, through the many dangers of life, and keep us focused on the price of eternal life. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

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