Friday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time
1 Sam 8:4-7,10-22
And the man got up, picked up his stretcher at once and walked out in front of everyone, so that they were all astounded and praised God saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this.’
God’s healing hands and mercies would never cease from acting and exercising His goodness; God is ever active and responding to pleas and interventions through prayers and acts of good deeds. We must be prepared and positioned to receive God’s gracious gift of healing and other blessings. Because His ways are not on the same path as those of men and, in our human imperfections, we can only receive His blessings through His mercy. This is not saying that God cares less about our imperfections — we are given every opportunity to change at every second granted to us to live. Nothing is taken for granted in placing repentance and forgiveness before us — we are given the opportunity to advance the choice in whatever direction we so desire. The consequences are also placed before us. But the mercy of God is unending and comes in faith and hope, and those who trust in God are rewarded in the end.
In August 2019, in a community in the Southeast of Nigeria, the people witnessed the wonder of God in the strangest way. Mr. Amadi, who had been living with his wife and three children, took ill in 2009 in a mysterious way one morning, after returning from his local parish. For ten years, he had been bedridden and throughout this period of trials, he had refused to succumb to pressures to go to native doctors who had predicted on a number of times that evil forces in his family were tormenting him. Instead, he committed those years of suffering to praying the Rosary without relenting. At one point, he was abandoned to his fate and no member of his extended family cared for him anymore. Surprisingly, on a sunny afternoon on 8 August, his wife came home to meet Amadi sitting in front of the house to welcome her. “What happened?” she screamed, rushing to hold Amadi. Amadi’s response was: “I summoned the energy to stand up. Thank God for me.” The people in the community, learning of this, glorified God, and many turned to the Rosary as a means of reaching God for solution and intervention in their different worries of life because every prayer is a content carrier to God.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Julius Otusorochukwu Dike, JP)
Prayer: Lord, our Father, we are praying to you to grant us relief from our health problems and position our faith to align with your desire so as to gain your forgiveness and healing. We pray to you, Father, to grant us this desire. Amen
Thanksgiving: Dear Lord, we thank you for granting our prayers and returning our health in good form. We are happy to stay with you for we have our trust buried in hope in you. We thank you, Father, for sustaining and honouring our prayers. We thank you, Lord. Amen.