23 June – Solemnity of St John the Baptist (Vigil)
1 Peter 8-12
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
Have you ever wondered what you’re doing on Earth? Have you ever wondered where your life is heading? You could have just reached your mid-twenties, or are in your forties, or even in your sixties and above, and you could be feeling lost. Perhaps you have felt this way before, or perhaps not. You might be asking yourself the question that almost everyone has asked or will one day ask: What’s the purpose of life?
It might help to know that as the Lord told Jeremiah, the Lord is also saying to you today: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” This is a comforting message because it tells us that we are not accidentally made. Even if our parents did not want to have us, even if it was an accident for our parents, you are not an accident with God. Our Lord created each of us purposefully and lovingly. Even before we were born, our Lord already had a plan for us. In fact, He made us with that plan in mind, and He wants us to fulfil a specific purpose in His master plan for all humanity.
How do we discover what God’s plan for us is then? It will be revealed to us through prayer. Rest assured that God will not reveal the whole plan to us at one go. That would not be fun at all, and part of life is certainly about fun. God will reveal the plan to us bit by bit as we go through life. Sometimes we might think we know what God is going to reveal to us and we charge on ahead only to find ourselves meeting dead ends. It is alright to make mistakes, and it is alright to reach dead ends, but we need to pray daily if we are to find out what God is revealing to us.
Some years ago, I was very sure that I was called to the priesthood. I prepared myself spiritually and materially to join the seminary, but as things turned out, that was not God’s plan for me. Though I did take a rather long time to come to terms with it, as I look back now I can see how God was slowly revealing His plan for me through the years, and how it all fell into place where I am now. But I know that this is not the end of my story, that God is everyday revealing something new to me, and He will continue to do so till the end of my life. I am sure He is doing the same for you.
(Today’s reflection by Daniel Tay)
Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray for the clarity of mind and the awareness of Your presence and activity in our daily lives, so that we may be able to see bit by bit the plan that You are revealing to us. Amen.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for creating us with a purpose in mind.
24 June, Tue – Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66. 80 – Solemnity of John the Baptist
25 June, Wed – 2 Kings 22:8-13. 23:1-3; Matthew 7:15-20
26 June, Thu – 2 Kings 24:8-17; Matthew 7:21-29
27 June, Fri – 2 Kings 25:1-12; Matthew 8:1-4
28 June, Sat – Lamentations 2:2. 10-14; Matthew 8:5-17 – Memorial of St Irenaeus
Vigil of Sts Peter and Paul – Acts 3:1-10; Galatians 1:11-20; John 21:15-19
29 June, Sun – Acts 12:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:6-8. 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19 – Soleminty of Peter and Paul, Apostles
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