29 May, Friday — Obedient to God’s call

Friday of 7th Week of Eastertide

Acts 25:13-21
John 21:15-19

After this he said, ‘Follow me.’

There are times where I reflect if I would have chosen to be a Catholic if I had the choice. Sometimes, we are thrust into the faith of our parents not knowing the obligations and demands which comes with it. This period of my life is particularly trying for me, and it has put my faith in question. There are times where perhaps it may be good to take a ‘break’ from God.

This COVID-19 situation actually brought about a much-needed rest for me. I was suffering from tremendous fatigue, being involved in the Church ministry which I was in. It all came to a head during the Christmas season last year, where I seriously considered stopping all my involvement so that I could take a ‘rest.’ It has been said that God answers prayers in His time and so it came as a shock when Masses had to be suspended totally since more than 2 months ago.

It was really awkward to find myself having to attend Mass via YouTube. The adjustment was certainly tough but, after the initial weeks, I realised that I was beginning to spend more time in personal prayer and reflection. I do appreciate a good choir and the accompanying music, but perhaps the mystery of silence is something which is missing from our present day liturgy. There is a desire to fill every moment of silence with music, announcements or even a form of movement which made me realise how ‘noisy’ the Mass has become.

Staying at home and attending Mass virtually also gave me the opportunity to attend Mass every day. I was no longer tied down to Mass timings! I do miss receiving Communion, but attending the Mass in the comfort of my room has sanctified my living space. It is almost as if Jesus has entered into my room and is standing next to me.

Jesus called St Peter to follow him and St Peter answered that call knowing fully that it would be a difficult journey. COVID-19 has been a tough journey for me, but I am blessed that Jesus is always present with me every step of the way.

(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, let us enjoy the silence of our lives and discover your presence in it.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all communication crew who work tirelessly to spread the Gospel using modern day tools.

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