Tuesday 7th July- Tuesday of week 14 of the year
MOVED WITH PITY
Sometimes our perspective of God could be so narrow that we believe God to be a being who likes to cause natural disasters or send down fire and brimstone to teach us lessons, a being who just doesn’t care, or has bigger things to worry about than our problems. We find ourselves asking questions like, does God really care about me? Is he as loving as the scripture says he is?
The truth remains that God is always ready to listen and help us at all times but we most times fail to humbly let him into our lives. Let us take a look at the story in today’s gospel as an example of God’s love and compassion for His people. Jesus in that reading after looking at people “was moved with pity for them, for they were lost and did not have hope nor did they know where they were going” (Mt. 9:36). That is why God came down from heaven, to teach them straight from His mouth, and to give us a way to heaven.
We should never view God as impersonal, or as someone who just doesn’t care; because these things couldn’t be anything farther from the truth. When God sees our pain and suffering, He is not saying things like, “well you brought this upon yourself!” rather His heart goes out to us and He is moved with pity for our pain. He loves us more than we can possibly know, that is why He sent his only begotten to die for our sins. It is His sacrifice that shows us the love and compassion that God has for us. We are His children, and the truth is that sometimes we get distracted and only want to view things from our own perspective. It is easy to feel lost and abandoned in this world that is why it is so important to focus on Christ. He is the good shepherd who does not lead us to death, but leads us to eternal life in heaven.
PRAYER: Almighty God, show us your mercy and compassion, and let us always experience your loving kindness whenever we are in need of your mercy, and may we continue to find favour in your sight. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 22- How does one go about believing?
Someone who believes is seeking a personal union with God and is ready to believe God in everything that he reveals about himself.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Those who trust in the Lord for help will find strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.” Isaiah 40:31 GNB
Today’s Readings: Gen 32: 23-33; Ps 17: 1-3.6-8.15; Mt 9:32-38