The Lord says this:
‘Let the nations rouse themselves, let them march
to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
for I am going to sit in judgement there
on all the nations round.
Put the sickle in:
the harvest is ripe;
come and tread:
the winepress is full,
the vats are overflowing,
so great is their wickedness!’
Host on host
in the Valley of Decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
in the Valley of Decision!
Sun and moon grow dark,
the stars lose their brilliance.
The Lord roars from Zion,
makes his voice heard from Jerusalem;
heaven and earth tremble.
But the Lord will be a shelter for his people,
a stronghold for the sons of Israel.
‘You will learn then that I am the Lord your God,
dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem will be a holy place,
no alien will ever pass through it again.’
When that day comes,
the mountains will run with new wine
and the hills flow with milk,
and all the river beds of Judah
will run with water.
A fountain will spring from the house of the Lord
to water the wadi of Acacias.
Egypt will become a desolation,
Edom a desert waste
on account of the violence done to the sons of Judah
whose innocent blood they shed in their country.
But Judah will be inhabited for ever,
Jerusalem from age to age.
‘I will avenge their blood and let none go unpunished’,
and the Lord shall make his home in Zion.
As Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, ‘Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!’ But he replied, ‘Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!’
Happier those who hear the word of God
Juggling three different aspects of stuff in my life on a volunteer basis hasn’t been easy. I contribute as a church writer, public relations for Club Rainbow and events for SIM Marketing Group. All require my time and commitment and they forget I am just a volunteer. I love the 3 different areas which I volunteer in, yet there are some matters which require working in a team. Everyone seems to enjoy talking and arrow the rest of the work to fellow members. As a result, the person being arrowed gets more responsibilities and feels jaded. I am also in the midst of job search which is my main priority. As I am writing this reflection, I just learnt news that our maid’s mother has passed away and she needs to return back to her country for the wake. The next issue that comes to mind is who is taking care of grandma? Will the maid be coming back? I am just overwhelmed with all these issues. With this state of mind, how can I be still and listen to the word of God?
In the Gospel of Luke, a woman praised blessed Mary for bearing and nursing Jesus. Mary was obedient and did the will of God. She was filled with the Spirit and the Divine. She pondered everything in her heart. In our search for purpose in life, in our state of confusion, we are reminded to discover God in our experiences. A heart who knows how to ponder and listen can make sense of the divine.
Have a read at today’s reading. Be still and let God take to you. Let go of all the anxieties and fear you are facing. Surrender all to God, let him take over. Have faith and grow in love. Are you able to feel the peace within you? Are you able to hear the inner voice talking to you? Reach his Word and keep them.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Patricia Ang)
Prayer: Lord teach us how to be still and listen to your word. Show us to the beauty of your words and let us be open to receive them.
Thanksgiving: Thank you for being so patient with us. Teach us how to love each other and allow us to combine our gifts to serve you for your glory.
Sun, 09 Oct – Isaiah 35:6-10; Philippians 4:12-14.19-20; Matthew 22:1-14; Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time