Thursday, 15th Week in Ordinary Time          

            We know that this day (and every day) will bring difficulties. And we try to anticipate what is ahead of us. We get so anxious about the problems we face, so much so that we forget that God is with us – now and always.

            Rehearsing our troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas we are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. We multiply our suffering in this way.

            We need to hear the Lord’s invitation to us: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Same as saying: “Come to me, and relax in my peace.” By responding to this invitation, the Lord strengthens us and he prepares us for this day, transforming our fear into confident trust.

            As I was reflecting on today’s gospel reading, I came across another scriptural passage – from the Book of Joshua 1:5-9. It is about God’s promise to Joshua – which we must consider as God’s personal message and promise to each one of us: “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.” “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…” “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” May we hold on to this promise.

            “Come to me… and I will give you rest.” Sana mapaunlakan natin ang paanyayang ito ng Panginoon – huwag nating palampasin ang pagkakataong ibinibigay sa atin. Sana naman huwag tayong maging ganun na lang kaabala para hindi natin matugunan ang kanyang panawagan. We must not allow ourselves to get so busy with our way of living, so absorbed with our own plans, so preoccupied with our families, relatives, friends, and acquaintances, that we do not even notice that the Lord is with us – closer to us that anyone else. Let us not be blind to the loving gestures that come from his hands, nor deaf to the caring words from his mouth. Let us see him as he walks with us, and hear him as he speaks to us. (Henri Nouwen)

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