18 July, Saturday — God is merciful!

Saturday of Week 15 in Ordinary Time

Mic 2:1–5
Mt 12:14–21

“He will not break the crushed reed, nor put out the smouldering wick

It is really amazing how Jesus can see the tiny glimmer of hope in even in the most hardened souls. I recently started to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet more often during the week. I remember reading a few of the promises which Jesus made to those who are devoted to the Divine Mercy chaplet. On page 687 of the Diary of St Faustina Kowalski, Jesus promised, “Say unceasingly the Chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it, they will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy.

Although Jesus hopes that we will repent and turn to Him even if it is on our last day, society teaches us the opposite – that only the fittest will survive in society. So, many people are being left far behind in the rat race of our society. There is a lot of social stigma and societal judgment if we are seen as a hopeless or doomed case. I was once perceived as a helpless case for a short period of time, and I felt depressed hearing all these negative comments from people around me. Already, the circumstances are dismal enough, and heaping such derogatory judgment on someone who is helpless can worsen one’s situation and mental health. I prayed to God on many nights, pouring out my sorrow to Him and asking Him every night why I was put here on earth to hear such nasty comments about me. I went through a very dark period of time, and I am grateful to God for allowing me to empathise with people who come from marginalized backgrounds.

I hope that we will offer a helping hand to people who are in need of our assistance, and not pass critical judgments on them just because we are more well-off than they are. And I hope that for those of us who feel that there’s no way out of a bleak and desolate situation, I pray that God will comfort you through this dark valley, and guide you to the light in your journey of life.

(Today’s Oxygen by Brenda Khoo)

Prayer: Dear Lord, please help us to not pass judgment on those who are marginalized and are less well-to-do than us. Please comfort us and show us mercy and kindness if we are marginalized in our society.

Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, thank You for always being merciful to us, even though we do not deserve Your mercy. Amen.

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