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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Reflection 2020-08-31 Monday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Psalm 119; Luke 4:16-30
The First Reading sums up the Good New: Jesus Christ and him crucified, and how this is proclaimed: not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power and St Paul gives the reason why: so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Faith then is not based on human wisdom. Instead, faith is based on the power of God, living in us.
The Gospel today shows us what lack of faith is. When Jesus went to Nazareth, he preached in the synagogue and those who heard were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. But then, they started to ask: is not this Joseph’s son? There was doubt in the person of Jesus. The people thought Jesus was an ordinary human being so they wondered how he can speak these words that amazed them.
The people in the Gospel had their own idea of Messiah. When Jesus came as he is, they did not accept him because he was not the Messiah they expected. Similarly, when we suffer, we come to God with our expectations on how God should act. And when God seems silent, we wonder if God cares, we wonder if God is powerful, we wonder if God is real.
The First Reading and the Gospel show what faith is: it is trusting in God in the person of Jesus Christ. This is what makes a person Christian: to have faith in Jesus Christ, to accept him just as he is: Lord and Savior, who does things the way he wants and not the way we expect. This is why it is important for us to surrender our life to him because we only do this when we accept Jesus as he is.
Being baptized does not make us a Christian. Having a fancy degree in Theology does not make us a Christian. Being a clergy does not make us a Christian. A Christian is one who trusts in nothing else, in no one else, except Jesus Christ. This is what true faith is. This faith makes us trust in the power of God and not on human wisdom.
When we are in the midst of confusion and suffering in our lives and wonder whether God hears us, we do what the Psalm tells us: to meditate on the Law all day long. God’s commandments make us wise, meaning, able to see things through the eyes of God. God’s word keeps us from every evil ways. God’s Word reveals who God is so we can change our perception of who he is and accept him as he is.
Lord, I find it hard to trust you because things happen that cloud my vision of who you are. Give me wisdom Lord, so I can see you as you are. Give me wisdom when I read Scripture so I can know you as you are. Let me trust not in human wisdom, not in eloquent words of men, but in your power. Help me Lord to trust you.

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