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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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The Lord is close to the broken hearted
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Jer. 20:10-13, Rom. 5:12-15, Mt. 10:26-33. As we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church challenges us to put our complete trust and faith in God. At a time when it is difficult to have a day without news of terror, the Prophet Jeremiah in the first reading reminds us that God will deliver us from the deadly pit. The threats and gravity of these terrors might appear overwhelming. However, they are certainly not greater than what God has handled in the history of humanity. No matter how the terror of the present coronavirus may be overwhelming with it destructive effect, it is most certainly not greater than the plague that had been conquered in the past. In today’s Gospel, Jesus prepares His disciples for the challenge of the Christian life: “Have no fear, for nothing is covered that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known” (Mt. 10:26). Have no fear for God’s care stretches beyond any human experience that discourages, entraps or robs us of life.

God’s watchful love overshadows every threat to our earthly lives, though it may seem at times that God is inattentive or His love is absent. Do not be afraid, He promise: “I am with you, and I will save you.” God assures us that every single one of us are precious to Him and we will be well taken care of. That is why, God sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Saviour and to be the source of our hope and strength. We must not lose sight of this hope and light that we have received from God and we must trust that God will always protect and provide for us no matter how difficult and challenging the situation may be for us. As Paul puts it in the second reading that though sin may have once reigned over us and made us to fear, but through Christ, we have received the path out and liberation from this tyranny of sin and death. By His most loving, selfless and perfect sacrifice on the Cross, our Lord Jesus Christ has delivered us from certain destruction due to our sins.

May the Lord continue to guide us and strengthen us in faith, and may He give us the courage and the ability to persevere through whatever challenges and trials we may encounter in life! Amen!! Stay safe and save life, Jesus loves you, happy Sunday!!!

 
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