8 July, Wednesday — Seek the Lord

Wednesday of Week 14 in Ordinary Time

Hos 10:1-3,7-8,12
Mt 10:1-7

Sow integrity for yourselves, reap a harvest of kindness…

These are really challenging times. Besides the pandemic, social problems such as racism have come to the forefront, wreaking havoc on an already tenuous situation. Let’s be honest, discrimination of all sorts has always been present, is present and will be present in the foreseeable future. If you haven’t noticed it before now, it was because it was well hidden in parts. But it has always been there. Like the coronavirus, it just needed the right conditions for it to become full-blown and out in the open.  For example, Sinophobia was greatly increased by the pandemic and anti-Asian sentiments have become more prevalent. In the US, the African Americans have always suffered injustices of various sorts; similar things could be said of all minority groups all over the world. We just never took notice before, until various incidents started to capture our attention right now.

Amidst all this turmoil, all the rhetoric of politicians and lay people, it is wonderful to bring the issues to the forefront for everyone. However, there are no concrete solutions offered nor provided. I don’t personally have the answers either. It is much bigger than you or me. The only one who could handle such problems, and many others like these would be…you guessed it…God. Think about it. God has the power to create something from nothing, in fact, He created the universe, but is uncreated Himself.  How can He not be able to solve our worldly problems? The only probable answer is that we, and many others, are not seeking God’s help nor heeding His advice. We are not seeking God in everything that we do, everything that we say or even everything that we think about. Can you imagine a world where people actually think before they act? Where people seek God and ponder if their words, actions and beliefs are pleasing to God? I would like to believe that a lot of the strife will be no more if we continuously seek God in our day-to-day lives. If we seek God, seek what He loves, seek truth, integrity, charity, peace; if we seek, and sow those seeds, how can we reap anything else but the harvest of goodness and kindness?

(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray that we learn to seek You first in all things, in our words, in our actions and in our thoughts. Let Your Will be done, so that will be peace on earth.

Thanksgiving: We thank you for guiding us, for offering a ray of hope, for pointing out the errors of our ways when we are obstinate and do not listen. Thank you for loving us and calling us your children.

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