Monday of Week 4 in Ordinary Time
“Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in his mercy has done for you.”
I am like the leper, blind, crippled, or the possessed who, after having been healed by Jesus, can’t shut up about how awesome the Lord is. But how many of us are really that moved enough to want to go out and tell all our friends about it? In fact, we are often shy to tell others what Jesus has done for us. We are even sceptical about what he’s done (sadly it’s in our distrusting nature). I remember the first time when after my encounter with Jesus at a retreat, I couldn’t wait to go up to the microphone to give my testimony. That’s not me, rather that’s the new me! I have always been one of those who’d rather just be the one to sit at the back and listen to what others have to say, than be the one who has something to say. I would say that I’m pretty much your typical introvert who’s also reserved and shy. But ever since the Lord has touched me in more ways than one, I am not so shy anymore. In fact, I’m very open, friendly, sociable and am always happy to share my conversion stories. This is why I have also started to share my scripture reflections on my social media (and now Oxygen), as well as to serve in the RCIA ministry in my parish (so many more opportunities to share!).
So what is this burning thing that I want to share with you?
After having been touched by the love of Jesus, I now understand the true meaning (and feeling) of “freedom” and “the peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27) Holding his love and peace close to my heart, I now do not feel weighed down by my sins (because I will not hesitate to go for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as possible) or feel overwhelmed by the troubles and stresses that come my way (I surrender them to the cross of Jesus as much as possible). The stresses that used to make my heart palpitate so often no longer exist. This journey will continue to be riddled with all kinds of challenges but I’m no longer tired, afraid nor worried because I know that Jesus is walking beside me, always, even when I cannot feel, see or hear him.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Cynthia Chew)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you who are goodness has shown faithfulness, please renew and refresh our drooping spirits. Let us be your witnesses so that we can go out and tell our friends about you.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Jesus, for working the many small miracles in our lives – even for the times when we don’t know.