Sunday 6th July – 14th Sunday of the year
Reflection: Matthew 11:25-30
THE QUEST FOR PEACE
From time immemorial all man actions have been geared in the search for peace and happiness. Yet, peace of soul can never be found by mere human effort. The basis of human despair stems from our desire to make ourselves into an absolute, unconditioned being, independent of God, self-subsistent and self-reliant. Dread arises when we realize our contingency, limitations and nothingness. We are not the absolute, though we want it; we are not even all we could be. Anxiety arises from as we try to be the best of ourselves or to go beyond ourselves without God. Anxiety (human burden) increases in direct ratio and proportion as man departs from God.
The wise and the learned of the world seek to solve their challenges by their own efforts, but the more they try, the more challenges they create, unknown to them. This vicious cycle continues as long as man depends on itself. However, the lowly (humble of heart), aware of their strength look up to God for help. It is only by being little that we ever discover anything big.
Dear Friends, if we truly desire to be happy and have peace, God must be our supreme end. We must refer all things to Him, because all good things proceed from Him. Beloved, Christ is calling us today irrespective of the burden we bear, how heavy or how long we have been carrying them, to come home to Him on our knees and tell Him all about our troubles and burdens. He is ready to take over from us, to bear our load of care and support us in our weakness.
Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer. Are we weak and heavy-laden? Cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior still our refuge. Take it to the Lord in prayers (Catholic Hymn Book 289)
PRAYER: Lord I give all that I have and all that I will be to you, use them for your glory. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 10 With Jesus Christ, has everything been said, or does revelation continue even after him?
In Jesus Christ, God himself came to earth. He is God’s last Word. By listening to him, all men of all times can know who God is and what is necessary for their salvation.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Do not be anxious about anything. In everything resort to prayer and supplication together with thanksgiving and bring your requests before God.” Philippians 4:6 CCB
Readings for Today: Zechariah 9:9-10, Psalm 145: 1-2, 8-14, Romans 8:9, 11-13, Matthew 11:25-30