SATURDAY 7th AUGUST, 2021.
SATURDAY OF THE EIGHTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B.
READINGS; DEUTERONOMY 6:4-13, PSALMS 18:2-4,47,51, MATTHEW 17:14-20._
“Hear O Israel”, The Lord is our God alone. Therefore you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. This my brothers and sisters is the opening word of the “shema”, the prayer that the Jews frequently recite. It is also a confession of faith.
The call of God, is that we take this to heart, and teach them to our Children. All of us are called to keep these words which they are to put them into practice and also to teach them to our Children and our children’s children.
The second part of our first reading is a call to remember the deeds of the Lord. The author of the book of Deuteronomy is saying “when the Lord, your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, this is the land of prosperity, a fine land, large cities and houses which you did not build, full of good food which you did not plant, foods of every kind, abundance of water.
The Lord is saying amidst all these good things ” take care not to forget the Lord”. This is a warning to us for when we have plenty, and are enjoying life, when there is peace and we have all we need we tend to forget where we are coming from, we tend to forget the Lord. This is what history of humanity has taught us that in abundance man forgets where he is coming from and he who has created him. In abundance he makes himself a god and wants people to worship him.
Today let us have a heart of this man who came and prostrated himself before Jesus asking for help, asking Jesus to exorcise his daughter. Let our lives be moment of total surrender to Jesus in abundance and in lack, let our lives be a total surrender and always remembering that all we have and we are come from God.
That God is the source of everything and let us learn to love him with all that we have and are. What this man is showing us is that what can help us is our faith in Jesus who is saying that everything is possible with a person who has faith.
WE PRAY THAT OUR LIFE MAY BE A LIFE OF TOTAL SURRENDER TO JESUS THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING.
Vere sanctus es Domine: You are indeed Holy O Lord