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Showing posts with label power of God. Show all posts
Showing posts with label power of God. Show all posts

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Reflection 2021-06-20 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 38:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 107; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41
One of the things we have lost these days is the sense of awe of God. We have forgotten how powerful God is, which is why our idea of God is someone who is weak and who tolerates sin. This is why some Catholics today think that being a Catholic is to be a nice person and not hurt anyone. Yet Scripture repeatedly tells us and shows us the power of God.
In the First Reading, God responds to Job and asks: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? The Apostles’ Creed begins with I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. This statement alone should make us pause and think of the power of God. Billions and billions of stars in the sky, the sun, the earth, the conditions for life on earth, any human body, all these were created by God, by his Word! Imagine the power of God, to create all things out of nothing by one Word.
The Gospel also shows us the power of Jesus over the storm. With a word, Jesus calms the storm: Peace, be still. This is appropriate especially in this time of pandemic. The past year has caused a lot of chaos in many lives. People have lost their jobs, their livelihood and some, even their loved one. It seemed God does not care. And similar to the disciples, we may have asked Jesus Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? Indeed, when things happen to us, that we cannot explain, we doubt whether God cares. This is a normal response and God understands this. But instead of answering our question, Jesus wakes up, rebukes the wind and says to it: Peace, be still.
God is not accountable to us. He does not answer to us and he can do whatever he wants. So we have no right to question God. Yet, our faith tells us we can ask him, because he has adopted us as his sons and daughters. He is our Father who loves us and understands us, who will provide for our needs, who will protect us and make sure we have eternal life – when we respond to his call to repent and believe him.
St Paul tells us, from now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view. Even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer I that way. So if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. We need to change our perspective of Jesus so we can be surprised when God reveals his power to us. We will be amazed by what God can do when we surrender our lives to him and let him take charge of our life.
Are you in financial trouble? Obey God on how he wants you to handle your finances. Are you going through life without direction? Obey God on how he wants you to handle your life. Are you troubled and suffering? Surrender these to God and listen to what he has to say. Let God be God and let us be who we are before him: nothing, helpless, and worthless. It is only then that we become a new creation, powerful and worthy, because God is the One who does great things for us.
Lord, here I am. Take charge of my life. Take charge of my finances. Take charge of my suffering and sickness. Do as you will so I can be surprised by the power of your name.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Reflection 2020-04-11 Easter Vigil

Genesis 1:1-2:2; Psalm 104; Genesis 22:1-18; Psalm 16; Exodus 14:15-31, 15:20, 1; Exodus 15; Isaiah 54:5-14; Psalm 30; Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12; Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4.4; Psalm 19; Ezekiel 36:16-17, 18-28; Psalm 42-43; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 118; Matthew 28:1-10

Monday, April 6, 2020

Reflection 2020-04-06 Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27; John 12:1-11
The words of the First reading show us who Jesus is: he is God’s servant, whom God upholds, God’s chosen, and in whom God’s soul delights. Towards the end of the First Reading also, God tells his servant: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you. Yet, in a few days from now, Jesus will be crucified and will die.
Jesus knows he will die in a few days which is why he told Judas to let Mary alone when she poured out an expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus. Just to give an idea of how expensive that is, one denarius is a day’s wage. Putting this in today’s terms, a day’s wage, assuming $15/hr times 8 hrs/day for 300 days will give $36,000. Mary poured out perfume costing $36,000 in modern terms. This is why Judas felt bad about it.
The question is: Why would God allow his faithful servant whom his soul delights, his servant whom he gives as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, who opened the eyes of the blind, freed prisoners, give light to those in darkness, to be killed? It is not that God does not have the power to stop evil. The First Reading tells us he gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it. He could just withdraw breath from the people and Jesus would not have to die.
God HAS the power to stop evil, but he does not, because he brings out something infinitely better than what the evil has destroyed. In this case, the death of Jesus leads to his resurrection, which fulfills God’s plan of redeeming us from our sins, and giving us power to be his adopted children.
The Responsorial Psalm sums this up: the Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? God defends us and protects us. Even when Jesus was suffering and dying on the Cross, God is saving him and protecting him. How you say? By dying, Jesus rose from the dead and through his death, he destroyed death because he will not die again!
Which is why, when we are in the midst of uncertainties, of darkness or despair, when we trust Jesus, we have confidence to say, even to boast, whom shall I fear, of whom shall I be afraid. Jesus defeats all our enemies. Even when we are surrounded by our enemies, we will not be afraid because we believe we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. The psalm ends Wait for the Lord: Be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.
This is very applicable to our situation today. Around us is this virus that can destroy us. It assaults us, unseen. As we take prudent steps to prevent this virus from infecting us and our loved one, we must remember, our safety is not in our actions. But our safety is in the Lord. For those who are affected by this situation, we remind ourselves, that when we turn to the Lord, we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. God will deliver us from our situation, whatever it may be. Wait for the Lord: be strong, let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord. Do not be afraid. Call on the Lord and he will hear your prayer.
Lord, when things seem dark, when you seem to be absent in my life, in my situation, remind me that you are here with me always and you will never abandon me.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Reflection: 2020-03-29 Monday 4th Week of Lent

Isaiah 65:17-21; Psalm 30; John 4:43-54
(I mistakenly reflected on the Fifth Monday of Lent last week. So I decided to reflect on the Fourth Monday today).

Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Resurrection of Jesus

In Johns version of the resurrection, Jesus always shows his hands and feet to his disciples. The wounds on his hands and feet show that Jesus died, and has risen again.