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Friday, July 17, 2020

Reflection 2020-07-18 Saturday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Micah 2:1-5; Psalm 10; Matthew 12:14-21
The Readings today show the heart of God, especially in the Gospel where Jesus left the place when he became aware of what the Pharisees were planning. God will not force himself into our lives. When the Pharisees reject him, Jesus left them to their own devices. But as he left, many still followed him and he cured all of them and tells them not to make him known. This fulfills what Isaiah said: he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
This reading shows us Jesus is gentle especially to those who are weak. He will not attract attention to himself. Instead, he does things quietly. For those who are bruised or whose fires are dying, he will not break them nor quench them until justice is victorious. And those who do not know him will hope in him. Jesus is gentle to those whom he sees to be weak and struggling. It is not his will to punish or to destroy people. Instead, he wills to heal them and make them whole.
The First Reading speaks of how God will deal with the wicked, who devise wickedness and evil deeds on their beds and carry them in the morning. These abuse their authority to oppress people. By their actions, they reject God and therefore suffer the consequence of their actions.
When I reject God, God does not need to lift his hand against me. He just does what I want: for him to leave me. When I sin, when I act in unrighteousness, I am saying what the wicked will say according to the Psalm today: God will not seek out… There is no God. God respects that decision and leaves me to my own desires. When this happens, I dig myself deeper into sin and death. But when we come back to him, he will heal our brokenness. He will take care of us. He will receive us.
We all suffer and it is normal to ask why. St John Paul II says animals suffer pain, but only human beings ask why. So when we ask why we are suffering, we are expressing our humanity. However, asking why I am suffering when I have done nothing wrong, or simply asking why me, is not the right question. This question presumes we know how God should act. The right question to ask is what do you want me to do.
I have repeatedly said suffering is not from God. But God uses sufferings for his purpose and our aim in suffering is to discern how God wants us to respond to it. It is through suffering that we get to encounter God in a deeper way. Things do not happen without a purpose. God will reveal what he wants us to learn by giving us wisdom to see things through his eyes. When we ask God for wisdom, he promises we will receive it.
Lord, I do not understand the events in my life, what is happening to me. Yet, the important thing Lord is you are with me, revealing yourself to me. Give me wisdom to see things through your eyes. Let me learn from all these and let me see you as you are.

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