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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Reflection 2020-10-01 Thursday 26th Week in Ordinary Time – St Therese of Liseaux

Job 19:21-27; Psalm 27; Luke 10:1-12
St Therese of Liseaux wrote that when we come to the Lord and pray, we should be bold and confident as a child coming to the father. This childlike trust of Therese is seen in the simplicity of her path to holiness. This is the simplicity of faith that Job had when in the midst of the accusations of his friends, Job said: for I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall see and behold, and not another. Job knows that in the midst of his suffering, someone will come and redeem him from his misery. He looks forward to seeing God face to face and he knows, this is enough for him. This hope Job has, despite his defense of his innocence shows his hope and trust in God. This is easier said than done especially when one is suffering. Yet, we believe, God himself is enough to get us through the suffering and soon, we will see him.
This is the hope of the Responsorial Psalm today: I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. Even the prayer of Jesus in the Gospel today shows his trust in the Father when he tells his disciples to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest. Jesus knows his Father is the Lord who supplies laborers to the work. And even his instruction to the seventy: carry no purse, no bag, no sandals. They are to trust in God’s provision.
While trusting in his Father, Jesus is also realistic. He knows his disciples will be welcomed and also not welcomed. He gives instructions to his disciples on how to respond to these situations. The childlike trust of St Therese is not a reckless trust that results in irresponsibility or an attitude of letting God do all the work and we just sit back and do nothing. But childlike trust is a realistic trust in God’s goodness and also his desire for us to participate in his work.
Lord, teach me to have childlike trust in you, to have courage to be bold in my prayer. St Therese, teach me your simple way to Jesus.

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