26 June, Friday — Flicker of Faith

Friday of Week 12 in Ordinary Time

2 Kgs 25:1-12
Mt 8:1-4

Of course I want to! Be cured!

Jesus wants to cure us! Do I have faith like the leper to ask Jesus to cure me? Or do I let my pride stand in the way, or think I have it all under control and I can take care of myself? These are some of the questions that played on my mind as I reflected on today’s gospel.

Then again, I ponder and wonder yet again, for we lost a brother in Christ to cancer yesterday. He was a son, husband, and father to 2 young children. Our whole community was praying for a miracle, that this brother would be cured! And I am sure we all had faith that Jesus will cure him. We were also praying the last few days for Jesus to save a pair of unborn twins, with faith and fervour, we pleaded for the babies to be saved. But sadly, that was not to be.

If Jesus really wanted to cure us, then why do these tragedies continue to happen? I know our faith in Him means also believing that there is a mightier plan, a divine plan. But as we experience the loss of lives — young, innocent lives — it is so difficult to hang on to this belief. For we, at this moment, cannot comprehend what this mightier plan God has could look like. In our despair and darkness, it is so challenging to see the light.

Perhaps, as children of God, in such dark moments, we need to dig deeper, to call out another level of faith, especially when there are no answers and the path ahead is bleak. This is when we need to come even closer as a community, as a family to pray for strength and to pray for faith, a deeper faith.

Perhaps, this is also a time for us not to lose sight of the blessings we already have. In our sadness and in our mourning, it is even more important for us to cherish and treasure what is in front of us.

 (Today’s Oxygen by Lorraine Wong)

Prayer: Jesus, once again we ask for you to cure us. To cure us of our heartaches, cure our disappointments, cure our brokenness and more importantly, to cure us of our unbelief.

Thanksgiving: We thank you Father, for sending us your spirit to console us, to help us dig deeper into the infinite reservoir of our soul, for that glimmer of hope, for that flicker of faith!

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