Tuesday 2nd June– Tuesday of week 9 in Ordinary Time (SS Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs)
Reflection: Mark 12:13-17
“Thoughtless words leave lasting wounds”, someone once said. Many have paid heavily and many continue to pay direly for words uttered without proper thought. Moreover, there are people who deliberately look for avenue to trap others from their utterances in their inordinate desire to plot their down fall. So, all need to be careful in what we say; however, there will be instances when, relying on our human reasoning alone, we might be caught off guard on how best to respond to situations.
The Gospel of today presents us with an account of a trying situation whereby the chief priests and the scribes were trying to trap our Blessed Saviour in His words. He however, answered them in a way that left them surprised and dumbfounded. This is nothing but Divine wisdom at play! Our Lord Jesus Christ has the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Him (Luke 2: 40; Luke 4:1) and it is the Holy Spirit that inspires us to speak rightly. Beloved in Christ, how well do you depend on or how docile are you to the leadings of the Holy Spirit in what you say and do?
As ambassadors of Christ, we cannot afford to be careless with words. Many will ask us probing questions on our faith, morality and life in general. We certainly need more than our human ingenuity; we need the guidance of the Holy spirit to answer rightly in a manner that dignify our King and the kingdom we represent here on earth. We have the assurance of our Lord’s help at such crucial times (Luke 12: 11-12).
However, this can only become a reality if we treasure and protect our relationship with the Holy spirit by obedience and docility to Him. Let us rededicate ourselves to the leading of God that his light may better shine through us.
PRAYER: Mother Mary- Seat of wisdom, please intercede for me that I may be docile to the Holy Spirit as you were and always guided by His wisdom. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1831– The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David…They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations.
Hide a Treasure: “For we all make many mistakes, and if anyone makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also” James 3:2 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Tobit 2:9-14; Psalm 112:1b-2, 7-9; Mark 12:13-17.