29 July – Memorial of St. Martha
Martha was the sister of Mary of Bethany and Lazarus. In the West, her feast day comes a week after that of St Mary Magdalene because of the old and probably erroneous tradition that Mary Magdalene was the same person as Martha’s sister.
Exoduc 32:15-24, 30-34
Moses made his way back down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, tablets inscribed on both sides, inscribed on the front and on the back. These tablets were the work of God, and the writing on them was God’s writing engraved on the tablets.
Blot me out from the book that you have written
‘With great powers come great responsibilities’ and of course this popular quote comes from the character Uncle Ben of Spiderman. Similarly, Jesus tells us of our responsibilities as Christians. As having received the sacrament of baptism, so does our mission of having the great responsibility in showing Christ love through our actions, bringing others around us closer to Christ. I have never been asked to be a godfather to someone, perhaps not yet. Most of the godparents I have known were only close to their god-child when they are going through baptism or confirmation. After all the beautiful ceremony, the newly confirmed somehow finds their own way in the various ministries and even worse, some may just dwindle away from the Church after all. Godparent seems to be just a title to being the one to stand beside you during the ceremonies, but fail to follow through with your spiritual life when needed. Perhaps, it is from my own experience: I wonder where my godparents are? Conveniently, it was my Uncle who was my godfather but somehow there does not seem to be any spiritual guidance or sharing between us after the day of confirmation. I guess luckily, I have always needed God around and search for Him throughout my stages of life and decisions.
In today’s reading from Exodus, Moses came down from the mountain with the tablets only to find the people worshipping a false god. Look into ourselves and reflect, we have to be reminded constantly the faults which we have every week. We get so caught up with the worldly things and worries that we find ourselves adoring the false things in life. We are similar to the Israelites, looking in the direction, which gives us temporary comfort, and not trusting God enough. God wrote our names in His book and as a loving Father and creator, He will not just blot us out from His book that easily. It has always been us who walk out on Him.
Are you a godparent to someone? Perhaps you should begin to consider getting in touch with your godchild and build a good relationship with God centred in it. I hope that some day, I will be able to be a godfather to someone and leading that child closer to God, to face the troubles and problems, as well as to be able to give thanks, knowing that it is God who is working in each and every one of us every moment. When the going gets tough, ask not to be blot out from His book, but pray and get inspired about what we can do so our Father will remember our good actions in the book instead.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Austin Leong)
Prayer: O loving Father, please guide all godparents with the spirituality they need so as to bring your children closer to you
Thanksgiving: Be thankful for what God has provided for us. Trust God even for those things, which do not present themselves the way we would like it to be.