Monday of Week 22 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor 2:1-5
I came among you…there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy; only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.
How beautiful it is when you are able to read out the mission given to you by the Father. Jesus had the opportunity to but even before that, He already knew.
“The spirit of the Lord is on me,
for he has anointed me
to bring the good news to the afflicted.
He has sent me
to proclaim liberty to captives,
sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim a year of favour
from the Lord.”
The beautiful thing, or you can call it the struggle, is that our faith calls us to spread God’s message and love to ALL. It’s not just being a disciple or being Christ-like to our fellow Christians or to our own group of friends, but to ALL. Our God is a God that loves ALL of us equally and unconditionally and in living out our mission as Christians, we are called to do the same.
Challenging though it must be, human wisdom will hardly allow for it. “Why should I continue forgiving someone who doesn’t learn from his mistakes?”. “Why should I continue serving in church when I don’t feel like I belong, like I’m not recognised, when I seem to be treated unfairly…?” Human wisdom, or rather — the world we live in today, has become very much transactional. We make selective comparisons to decide if we are being treated unfairly or not.
Our all-knowing Christ seeks to lift us from this mindset to align us back to our mission, our calling, who we serve and why we live. That instead of comparing with others who seem better off, we look to Christ himself to see how we can better lead our lives as his disciples. In that way, we become less distracted by what may seem pleasing, to doing what is pleasing to Christ; which will, in turn, bring us so much joy, peace, hope and love which will spread to those we journey with and minister to.
As we begin the new week, may we take on the struggle of putting aside our human wisdom, so that we may see, feel and live out our lives as how Jesus would; and may we always allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Benjamin Mao)
Prayer: Mother Mary, today we ask for your intercession for all our needs and prayers, and also those of the whole world. Hear our cries to you and we ask that you continue to pray for us, especially during this difficult time, that we may turn to your son and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for not giving up on us even when we have given up, thank you for not leaving us even when we leave you, thank you for being patient and showing us the power of God and our mission as Christians.