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Doctrines & Morals

Our vulnerability creates an opening for God to work in our lives

1 Cor. 7:25-31, Lk. 6:20-26. In today's first reading, Paul admits to the Corinthians that he has no commandment from the Lord on the matter of celibacy: "About the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord...I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is." Here, Paul offers reflections on the options open to us. He advises us not to rush into marriage; but no one should remain single to avoid responsibility. Husbands and wives are not related as owners of each other but as baptised believers, united in the Lord. This union transcends difference of gender and underpins their radical equality of value and dignity. Union with God is possible if we rely on Divine providence as proclaimed by Jesus in the beatitudes.

In today's Gospel, Jesus proclaims role reversal for those who are presently rich, satisfied, happy and famous: Blessed and happy the poor, the hungry and those who weep, whereas He declares unfortunate life for the rich and those who have their fill of everything. These sentiments seem to go against common sense and debunk how we normally see life but forces us to rethink our values. The beatitudes help us to realise that God shows special favour to the distressed and vulnerable. This is why Jesus calls this group blessed, because God wants to change their situation. Our vulnerability creates an opening for God to work in our lives. When we come before the Lord in our poverty, hunger and sadness, we come to realise that we are not self-sufficient.

May the Lord deepen in us the love for others, give us strength that through our own troubles, we may learn to feel the sufferings of others and help us to show them His compassion! Amen!! Be safe and have a wonderful day!!!

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