Grace to you!
If you have been following my reflections this week, you would observe that we have been drawing from the Lord's commissioning words to his twelve apostles. It is what's popularly called, The Mission of the Twelve. The lessons from the commissioning of the apostles could be applied to every believer as well.
In life, certain things are inevitable. For instance, we are born, and someday we must die. No science can stop this. Another unavoidable aspect of life is: As our faces are different, so are our perspectives. "One man's food," they say, "is another's poison." We can't change this fact. It's part of human complex diversity.
While we wish to have a plethora of “saints,” and have high hopes for a world where people behave like angels, this expectation is unrealistic. Often, people have shock because they projected their expectations on others but received the very opposite in return.
Our lack of homogeneity is our beauty. We must have to come to terms with it, enjoy its beauty, and bear its flaws.
Consider that before you became an “intentional disciple” of Christ, you had expected it would be a smooth ride. You now know it isn’t.
The expectation that being a believer results in a comfortable life on the beach of endless comfort is a seed of colossal disappointment. One of the most deceptions of prosperity gospel preachers is to propose Christianity of Easter deprived of the brokenness of Good Friday—suffering. God has not promised us a paradise on earth. Providence doesn't imply that the acceptance of God would mean the end of worries. No wealth or cross-less life was guaranteed. So, if a preacher is telling you otherwise, please take it with a pinch of salt.
The Lord’s consistent advice to his disciples was the inevitability of suffering, of the cross and sometimes, of persecutions. “If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household?” (Mt 10:25).
What the Lord advises is for the believer to "fear not" (Mt 10:26,28,31). He reassures us that the worst thing to happen in life isn't persecution, which can only destroy our body. I would include here by way of application what can tarnish our name, our image, and rip us of our wealth and inheritance. The worst thing to happen to us is the loss of our core, soul, and eternal life.
Think about it, if we must grow into resilient faith, then we must anchor on that object which the faith is ordered, namely God. This helps in dealing with persecutions. Faith is key to dealing with the inevitable. With faith, one can hang in there even if it’s too difficult to stand. Confident trust in God is a bulwark of strength.
May God strengthen you in your daily trials and increase your faith. Amen. My special prayers for you today as you deal with life challenges.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday, Week 14 Ordinary Time: Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 10:24-33]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.