12 May, Thursday – God’s plan for us

Thursday of the 4th Week of Eastertide

Acts 13:13-25
Jn 13:16-20

No servant is greater than his master

I have always enjoyed watching period dramas; and the part that always interests me are the ‘cloak and dagger’ actions of the different subordinates whenever there is a change in the monarch. The power dynamics often shift and the ‘blue-eyed boy or girl’ suddenly becomes persona non grata and often meets with a tragic end. The accumulation of wealth, prestige and honour vanishes like a mist in the air once the ‘patron’ has passed on. The readings of today remind me that our lives should not be reliant on external items but instead, focus on the plan which God has invited us to participate in.

Jesus treats us as his adopted children. Through our Baptism, we inherit the eternal life which Jesus has promised us. This means that through the course of our lives, we must remember the reason for why we are brought into the world. It is to allow us to share with the world the depth of love which Jesus has given us. This is indeed something which is important for all of us, because the worries and concerns of the world will keep us occupied and distract us from the plan which God has for us.

The plan which God has for us manifests itself in many different ways. Jesus sends us signs and people in our lives whom we least expect to show us what the way forward is. Indeed, it can be sometimes quite challenging for all of us to accept that God reveals His plan to us in the very ordinary things in our life. The manner in which we treat the people around us demonstrates the depth of our character, and also the inner formation of our prayer life. If we can continue to discern the plan which God has set aside for us, we will be able to see past the things which the world values and instead, focus on the plan which Jesus has for us and to walk towards that path.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray for the spirit of discernment to understand the plan which you have set aside for us.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all the friends we have in our lives.

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