4 February, Saturday — Is God truly your shepherd?

Saturday of Week 4 in Ordinary Time

Heb 13:1-8
Mk 6:14-29

…to become the Great Shepherd of the sheep by the blood that sealed an eternal covenant…

Today, we read one of the church’s favourite Psalms – Psalm 23, The Lord is Our Shepherd.

But when worries and troubles and doubts arise, do we treat God as our Shepherd? Or do we start doubting God, and think that we are our own shepherd?

Lately, I have been worried about my upcoming holiday to Japan with my family. The land of the rising sun is a beautiful place, but being situated along the Ring of Fire, earthquakes and tsunamis are not uncommon there.

The last time my family and I were in Japan in 2011, the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened. It was caused by a major earthquake and tsunami. Thankfully, we were not near the epicentre of the accident at all, so we were safe. But the panic and fear that I felt when I saw the news when something that I would never forget.

Twelve years later, my family and I are going there for a holiday. But for me, I am still worried.

After reading today’s reading, I realise that worrying is not going to help. I am reminded that everything is in God’s hands, and whatever happens, we need only to trust in Him. Instead of getting consumed by our own worries and negativity, we only need to surrender to Him. My family and I will be praying and having faith in Him that He will protect us from evil wherever we travel to.

Let us pray for each other to have a safe passage to wherever we are going to!

(Today’s OXYGEN by Brenda Khoo)

Prayer: Dear Lord, may You always protect us and keep us safe from all evil. May we be reminded that You are there with us, and in us, even if we go through the darkest valley of life. Amen.

Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for being there for us even if we go through the darkest valley of life, so we have nothing to fear. Amen.

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