3 July, Sunday — Rejoice In Christ Through Your Sufferings!

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 66:10-14
Gal 6:14-18
Lk 10:1-12,17-20

The only thing I can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…

As a person with physical disabilities, I often experience pains, aches and uncontrollable movements in my body that can make it difficult for me to move. And I get frustrated because sometimes, I need to move from one place to another quickly, especially when I am in a hurry.

In my childhood days, I would pray to God for a miracle to remove these afflictions. But nowadays, I realise that even if these afflictions are not removed from me, Christ still lives within me. So yes, nowadays, while I still pray for a miracle, I also pray for the grace to accept myself for who I am, and to do His will nonetheless, despite my physical condition.

I am truly inspired by the lives of our saints who joyfully accepted their crosses and brought true glory to God. I am inspired by the lives of St Padre Pio, St Bernadette of Lourdes, St Therese of Lisieux and St Margaret of Castello. As we intercede to them for healing and inner conversion, let us together learn how we can emulate these wonderful saints, by not complaining about our crosses and offering them to our sweet Jesus.

To anyone who is in trouble, pain or affliction, I will offer up my prayers for you, and may you come to understand the Lord is always with us and in us, even if we must tread through dark valleys. May we also rejoice in Christ too, for He has risen and overcome all difficulties that we face in life! Alleluia!

(Today’s OXYGEN by Brenda Khoo)

Prayer: Dear Lord, please help us to gracefully accept our crosses in life, and to be like our saints, who joyfully accepted their crosses and glorified You in their life. Amen.

Thanksgiving: Dear Lord, thank you for dying on the cross and resurrecting, for You have triumphed over all evil and suffering of this world. Thank you also for always being with us, even during the dark times in life. Amen.

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