3 October 2017
The Lord of Hosts says this: ‘There will be other peoples yet, and citizens of great cities. And the inhabitants of one city will go to the next and say, “Come, let us go and entreat the favour of the Lord, and seek the Lord of Hosts; I am going myself.” And many peoples and great nations will come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favour of the Lord.’
The Lord of Hosts says this: ‘In those days, ten men of nations of every language will take a Jew by the sleeve and say, “We want to go with you, since we have learnt that God is with you.”’
As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’ But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village.
We want to go with you
I know of many parents these days who warn their child at school to be selective of whom they hang out with, to befriend those who have good results, staying away from those naughty and mischievous kids in order not to get influenced by their bad habits and behaviour. As for my childhood friendships, I believe we form friendships through common interests and the amount of time we spent playing together as well as studying together. Those were the times when we felt that this group of us would go through life till we grew old. Well, a handful of us did and we are still rather close mates after thirty-two years. But I could recall a few extremely close schoolmates just headed on different paths at various stage of their studies.
Therefore, as we grow older with more responsibilities, we choose our paths where we see fit and try to live a fruitful life every day. Don’t we begin to ask ourselves whom we want to go with? Do we build friendships to gain both popularity and money that perhaps will bring us some fortune for short term gains? Or do we build relationships that give us a lifetime of happiness and faithful support?
Today’s Gospel truly reminds us once again to be forgiving and not someone who thinks about revenge and rage. Such negative responses are not reflections of God’s intentions and love. The wrath of God that people once feared has been replaced by the Love and Grace of Jesus Christ the Son. When we feel weak and tired, are we still able to pick ourselves up, to go where the Lord leads us, to make the decision to want to go wherever he presents to us?
(Today’s Oxygen by Austin Leong)
Prayer: O Lord, give us the wisdom of right and wrong, of whom to be wary of and of course of whom to follow. Let us be just like the lay fishermen who dropped everything to follow Jesus.
Thanksgiving: May we thank you Lord for a peaceful early of the week, that we work hard for the week ahead, filled with your grace and wisdom.