Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30, Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, & Matthew 6:19-23
Sisters and brothers, the lessons for today are appropriate for people who experience distress and anxiety. Most of us have fears and call out to God for rescue at some point in our lives. However, we usually don’t do so from the perspective of first acknowledging that our anxieties are often due to a lack of trust and inability to confront our weaknesses and to recognize the need for God to reveal His Light in our lives each day.
In our first reading, Saint Paul says we should boast of the things that show our weakness. That is not easy for most of us to do. However, it is our weakness, not our strengths, that draws us to God. If we recognize how God works through our lives in times of vulnerability, not in times of stability, we are more likely to be drawn to God.
The Psalmist says that the Lord hears the call of the poor and lowly and rescues the just. Who then are the just? Should we be upset with shame for our faults? From my life’s experience and perspective of solid faith, it is a matter of openness of our hearts, not the record of our deeds, that makes us “just” before God.
The good news for us now is that no matter what type of distress we might face in life, we must confess what we have done or failed to do. No matter how weak our flesh is and our willingness to sin, we should not lose sleep over our condition. We can then call on the Lord with hearts full of praise and repentance, and He will rescue us and fill our hearts with His Light. With this light, we will be delivered from all our fears.
Question of the Day: Will you call to God in your times of joy as you would in your times of distress?
Prayer: “Thus says the Lord: Let whoever is thirsty come to me and drink. Streams of living water will flow from within the one who believes in me.” (John 7:37-38)