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Daily Reflection: June 19, 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ: 

JOKE: THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT: In life, there are two things to worry about: either you are well, or you are sick. If you are well then there is nothing to worry about, but if you are sick there are only two things to worry about: either you get well, or you die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you die, there are only two things to worry about: either you will go to heaven or hell. If you go to heaven, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you go to hell, you will be damn busy shaking hands with friends you will not even have time to worry. 

Today’s gospel passage is taken from the gospel of Matthew 6: 24-34. Still from the Sermon on the Mount, we read Jesus’ teaching and encouraging words to His disciples and would-be-disciples about the danger of worry—do not worry about tomorrow. Jesus warned His disciples not to worry about life. Life is a precious gift from a gracious God who gives and sustains all life. We are not to worry about what to eat or drink or our bodies or what to wear. Considering the bad effects of worry in our lives, Jesus warns us not to worry about those needs that God has promised to supply. Worrying does not change anything but it breaks us down and hurts us since nothing is changed thereafter. Worrying can damage our health. It can cause the object of worry to consume our thoughts. It can disrupt our productivity. It can affect in a negative way how we treat others. Above all, it can reduce the way we trust in God. It is important here to make a clear distinction between worry and genuine concern—worry immobilizes us, but genuine concern moves us to action. Because we are created in God’s image and likeness, we are of greater value to God than the birds in the sky and the flowers that grow in the field that God equally takes care of. Jesus encourages His followers to seek first and always the kingdom of God and His righteousness and when we do this, every other thing will be given to us. This is essentially important for all Christian believers. We must turn to God first for help and ask Him to fill our thoughts with His desires. We must take His character for our pattern and serve and obey Him in everything. Many people today spend a lot of time planning for tomorrow—their retirement, security, benefits, welfare, eternal life etc. Planning for tomorrow is time well spent but worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to tell the difference. Planning carefully for tomorrow includes thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance to accomplish it. Careful planning when done well can help alleviate worry. On the contrary, people who spend a lot of time worrying are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. In doing this, they end up allowing worry to interfere in their relationship with God.  

Dear Friends, as we face God this day, let us not allow the attitude of worrying about tomorrow and what tomorrow might bring affect our relationship with God. God has everything all planned out and we only need to trust Him to take care of us. Objects, people, goals, wealth, and other desires complete for attention in our lives and if not handled properly, they can easily crowd out God in our life. God must always come first in our life, and we must always give Him the first place in every area of our life. When we allow worry to eat and consume us, we sometimes become emotionally wrecked, our migraine and headache sets in, and our blood pressure rises out of proportion. Worrying can cause us unnecessary stress and before you know it jealousy sets in wherein we begin to compare ourselves with others. We easily forget that there are some people we know or see today who seemingly look great on the outside but still have their own crosses to carry. No wonder Jesus extended His invitation to every one of us when He urged us to: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11: 28-29).  

A good relationship with Jesus Christ changes meaningless, worrisome, and wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose. Think about this!  

God loves you and so do I

 

Daily Reflection: June 20, 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ: 

JOKES: 1) The hurricane prayer: A hurricane had struck. People were huddled together in a Church building for safety. A preacher was praying with great oratorical effects in the midst of this violent storm, crying out, "Send us the Spirit of the children of Israel, the children of Moses, the children of the Promised land." At this, an old man with less oratory but more directness prayed, "Lord, don’t send nobody. Come Yourself.  This ain’t no time for children.”     

2) He trusted his wife: A man and his wife were sitting in the living room, and he said to her, “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”  His wife got up, unplugged the TV, and threw out all his beer. 

Today is the 12th Sunday in the Ordinary Time of the year. May I use this opportunity to wish all the fathers in this forum a Happy Father’s Day. May God’s choicest blessings, mercy, peace, and love continue to flourish in your hearts, lives, and homes today and always.  

Today’s readings remind us that even amid our daily struggles, storms of life, trials, tribulation and challenges, God is always with us. His name is Emmanuel—God is with us. God is with us to calm the ragging storms in our life and to restore peace, calm, and serene atmosphere around us. We only need to trust Him completely and call upon Him in times of need and worship, praise, and thank Him for prayers answered even as we ask for His continued blessings and protection.  

In today’s first reading taken from the Book of Job 38: 1, 8-11, we read how out of the whirlwind, God spoke to Job. Surprisingly, God did not answer any of Job’s questions. Job was seeking answers for the reasons for his suffering having served God so faithfully. In a twinkle of an eye, Job lost all his possessions: children, wealth, friends, etc. to the tempter the devil who punished Job for his complete trust in God. Job’s questions were not at the heart of the issue. On the contrary, God used Job’s ignorance of the earth’s natural order to reveal his ignorance of God’s moral order. If Job did not understand how God’s physical creations work, how could he possibly understand God’s mind and character. God is the Creator of heaven and earth, the seas, and the land, and He is the only one who has power over the entire created order. Only God has the power to life and death. “The Lord puts to death and gives life, casts down to Sheol and brings up again. The Lord makes poor and makes rich, humbles, and also exalts. He raises the needy from the dust; from the ash heap He lifts the poor” (1 Samuel 2: 7; Proverbs 22: 2).    

And in today’s gospel passage taken from the Gospel of Mark 4: 35-41, we read how Jesus calmed the storm in the sea. This is one of the miracles in the Gospels where Jesus exercised His power and authority over nature and physical forces. He is the Word through whom the universe is made and at His Word the forces of nature bow and obey. The Sea of Galilee is an unusual body of water. It is relatively small, 13 miles long, 7 miles wide, but it is 150 feet deep, and the shoreline is 680 feet below sea level. Sudden storms can appear over the surrounding mountains with little warning, stirring the water into violent 20-foot waves. Some of the disciples were seasoned fishermen who had spent their lives fishing on this huge lake and have had several encounters with this kind of storm. But, during this particular storm, they panicked because of the intensity with which it tossed their boat around on the sea. The disciples went into panic because this particular storm threatened to destroy them, and Jesus seemed unaware and unconcerned with the dangerous and precarious situation they were in. The disciples lived with Jesus, but they underestimated Him. They did not see that His power applied to their very own situation. Jesus has been with His people for 20 centuries, and yet we, like the disciples, underestimate His power. Today's gospel passage reminds us that in the presence of Jesus, we are protected, we have peace, and we are healed. The presence of Jesus offers us peace and security even amid the storms of this life. Jesus' presence offers us peace, hope and healing in the face of anxiety, fear, worry, and insecurity.    

Dear Friends, as you face God this day, think about the storms in your own life—the situations that cause you great anxiety. There is often a stormy area of our human nature where we feel God cannot or will not work. When we truly understand who God is, however, we will realize that He controls both the storms of nature and the storms of the troubled heart. Whatever the difficult situation that confront you in this life, you have two options to resolve it. You can worry and assume that Jesus Christ no longer cares about you and your situation, or you can resist fear, putting your trust in Him. When you feel like panicking, confess your need for God and then trust Him to take adequate care of you. Jesus’ power that calmed this storm can also help if we only ask Him. We should never discount His power even in terrible situations. Today's gospel passage invites us to worry less and to trust more.   

God loves you and so do I

 

Daily Reflection: June 21, 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ: 

JOKE: THE GOSSIP: Sarah, the Church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the congregation’s morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business. Several members were unappreciative of her activities but feared her enough to maintain their silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon. She commented to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing. George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just walked away. He did not explain, deny, or defend himself. He simply said nothing and walked away. Later that evening, George quietly parked his truck in front of Sarah’s house and left it there…all night.   

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, he was a Religious. Aloysius was born into an Italian royal family and was expected to become a great statesman and a soldier. But his thoughts were already absorbed in spiritual matters which made him to take a vow of perpetual chastity. At the age of 12 he received his First Holy Communion from St. Charles Borromeo, his relative who then was the Archbishop of Milan. His decision to follow the path of religious life was vehemently opposed by his family especially his father and it took almost three years of persistent effort to obtain the consent of his family. Aloysius continued to develop his prayer life and continuous relationship with God. At the age of 22, he had a premonition of his approaching death and turned over his theological and spiritual notes to his rector as the only material things to which he was still attached. He was only 23 when he passed. The Church has declared him the special protector and patron of youth, especially young Catholic students. 

Today’s gospel passage is taken from the Gospel of Matthew 7: 1-5. In this gospel passage taken from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus condemns in clear terms our malicious, and reckless judgments of other peoples. “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”  We are to examine our own motives and conduct instead of judging others. Who is good and who should judge? Only God is good and only God has the right and authority to judge. Only God can acquit or condemn. God is Omnipotence, Omnipresence, and Omniscience. And Him alone can see the whole truth in all circumstances and only He can read the human heart correctly. As human beings, we all have limited knowledge. We are limited in space and time and so we do not always have the complete facts of the circumstances surrounding other peoples’ lives and stories. There is this popular saying “judge me only when you have worn my shoes.” Often, our untamed bad habits and behavior patterns are the very ones that we most want to change in others. One good thing to do before criticizing others is to check and see if you deserve the same criticism—so judge yourself first and then lovingly forgive and assist your neighbor. We must acknowledge the fact that our God—the God we worship—the God we serve is full of mercy, kindness, and compassion. His mercy endures forever towards those who call on Him in love. And so, a brother, a sister, or a friend or even an enemy we are judging, and condemning may have gone to God in confession and may have obtained His enduring mercy and forgiveness and yet here we are judging and condemning. One of the greatest Sacraments given to us by Jesus Christ is the Sacrament of Reconciliation—the Sacrament through which we obtain the mercy and forgiveness of God. Here we hear the loving and caring voice of God—my son, my daughter your sins are forgiven you. Here also we hear deep in our hearts the most encouraging words of our Savior—go home now and sin no more. As we get up and walk away, we feel truly forgiven and cleansed. We feel truly refreshed and washed clean again and we feel truly who we are—God’s beloved children and co-heirs with Christ to His Father’s Kingdom. Simply put, we have no right to judge others because we have the same faults as the ones we are judging and often in a higher degree. Judging a person does not define who they are, on the contrary, it defines who we are.    

Dear Friends, as we face God this day, let us be genuinely loving and charitable towards those we meet today in our homes, in our workplaces, in the grocery stores, in the post office, in the Church. Let us truly be charitable in our choice of words about others. My mother used to say: “If you do not have something good to say about someone just don’t utter a word.” Let us admire the good we see in others and appraise them and to the bad let us pray for them while leaving every other thing in the loving hands of God. There is a story behind every person. There is a reason why they are the way they are. So, think about that before you judge someone. The happiest people I know are evaluating and improving themselves. The unhappy people are usually busy evaluating and judging others.   

May you have a truly blessed and peaceful day! 

God loves you and so do I

 

Daily Reflection: June 22, 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ: 

Today’s first reading is taken from the Book of Genesis 13: 2, 5-18. Here we read how Abram took the initiative and peacefully resolved the potential conflict with his nephew Lot. In his wisdom, he gave Lot the preference to choose first the portion of the land for his household and animals even though he was older and had the right to choose first. In doing this, Abram showed his willingness to risk being cheated. Abram’s example is a perfect example to every one of us on how best to respond to difficult family situations. As Christian believers, we should always be the first to take the initiative to resolve conflicts. We should always allow others have first choice even if that means not getting what we want. It is expected of us as Christian believers to put family peace above personal gains. Abram and his nephew Lot together with their herdsmen lived in a very hostile neighborhood. They should have pulled together and fight their common enemy—their neighbors, instead, they allowed petty jealousy and little matters of no value tear them apart. Unfortunately, such situations exist today in our families even in our Churches. Rivalries, arguments, jealousy, and disagreements among Christian believers can be destructive in several ways. They can damage goodwill, trust, and peace. They can hamper progress and stop us from accomplishing important goals. They can make us self-centered instead of love centered. No wonder Jesus offered prayers for His disciples shortly before He suffered and died when He prayed that “His followers be one:"(John 17: 21).  

And in today’s gospel passage taken from the Gospel of Matthew 7: 6, 12-14, we read Jesus’ teaching about the proper use and respect for holy things. We are to use holy things in a holy manner. In the Jewish laws (Deuteronomy 14: 6) anyone who touched an unclean animal became ceremonially unclean and as such could not go to the temple to worship until the uncleanliness was removed. So, Jesus is teaching that we should not entrust holy teachings to unholy or unclean people. It is futile to try to teach holy concepts to people who do not want to listen and will only tear apart and castigate what we say. In today’s gospel also, we hear about Jesus’ teaching about the old Golden Rule, “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” In many religions in the world, it is stated negatively: “Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you.” By stating it positively, Jesus made it more significant. He did this because it is not exceedingly difficult to refrain from harming others; it is much more difficult to take the initiative in doing something good for them. The Golden Rule as Jesus formulated it is the foundation of active goodness and mercy—the kind of love God shows to us every day. Think of a good and merciful action you can do to someone today. Jesus addresses the concern about admission into eternal life in today’s gospel passage. There is only one way to live eternally with God and only a few find and decide to walk that road. Believing in Jesus and faithfully carrying out His works should be considered the right way to heaven because He alone died for our sins and made our peace with God. But living His way may not be popular but it is true and right. Thank God today that we have a way that will surely lead us to Him when the time comes.   

Dear Friends, as we face God this day, let us learn to show respect and reverence to Holy things. The Church is holy and has called us her children to holiness of life. We are to strive after perfection because our heavenly Father is perfect “Be you perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5: 48). We are to show compassion and be kind to others. The Golden Rule is clear and distinct about this. We all have rights to good name and good image, so do not go about gossiping about others in an attempt to bring them down and tarnish their image while pretending to be good yourself. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “If you judge people (and criticize them unjustly), you have no time to love them.”  So, train your mind to always see the good in others in any given situation. Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people; a heart that forgives the worst; a mind that forgets the bad and a soul that never loses faith in God. Learn to make better decisions in life today and to choose wisely—choose Jesus’ narrow way to sacrificial love and humble service. Let us learn to be humble like Abram and not allow greed, envy, pride, jealousy, and selfishness destroy us. Lot’s character is revealed by his choices. He took the best share of the land even though it meant living near Sodom, a city known for its sin and wickedness. He was greedy, wanting the best for himself, without thinking about his uncle Abram’s needs or what was fair. Life is a series of choices. We often choose the best while ignoring the needs and feelings of others which sometimes lead to problems. When we stop making choices in God’s direction, all that is left is to make choices in the wrong direction.   

God loves you and so do I

 

Daily Reflection: June 23, 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ: 

JOKE: A Sunday school teacher walked around her class, observing the four-year-olds as they drew pictures. She asked one little girl who was working diligently, about her drawing. “I am drawing God,” the little girl replied. The teacher paused and then said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without looking up, the little girl replied, “They will in a minute.”    

Today’s first reading is taken from the Book of Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18. Here we read God’s conversation with Abram as God promised to be a shield to him. Why would Abram be afraid, one might wonder. Was he afraid of revenge from the kings he had just defeated? (Gen. 14: 15). Whatever it might be, God gave Abram two good reasons to be courageous: 1) He promised to defend Abram— “I am a shield to you.” 2) God promised to be Abram’s “reward.” God promised to give Abram descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore but up until this time, Abram had no child of his own. Eleazer was Abram’s most trusted servant and according to customs and traditions of that time, if Abram were to die without a son, his eldest servant would become his heir. Although Abram loved his chief servant, he wanted his own biological son to carry on the family line and name. God made Abram a promise that He was not going to change. However. Abram wanted to do things right and to be sure that that he was doing the will of God. So, he sought for confirmation from God. God asked Abram to offer Him a sacrifice as a pledge and sign of His faithfulness to the promise He has made to Abram. We too want assurance when we ask for guidance, but we must ask with faith. And we can only know for certain that what we are doing is right when we do what the Bible says—Abram did not have the Bible, but we do. A right relationship with God is based on faith—the heartfelt inner confidence that God is who He is and does what He says He will do.  

And in today’s gospel passage taken from the Gospel of Matthew 7: 15-20 we read Jesus’ teaching about fruits in true believers’ lives— “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.” Jesus warned His disciples and followers to be aware of false prophets who will appear to them in sheep’s clothing but are indeed ravenous wolves. False prophets were common in the Old Testament confer Jeremiah 23: 9-40. The false prophets prophesized only what the king and the people wanted to hear, while claiming it was God’s message. False prophets also abound today as they did in the ancient times. And so, Jesus warns us to beware of those whose words sound religious but who are motivated by money, fame, or power. You can tell who they are because in their teaching they minimize Christ and glorify themselves. Jesus reminds us that just as trees are consistent in the kind of fruit they produce, so good teachers consistently exhibit good behavior and high moral principle as they tend to live out what they preach.           

Dear Friends as you face God this day, remember that God’s blessings are beyond our imaginations. When you fear what lies ahead, remember that God will stay with you through difficult times and that He has promised you great blessings. Abram’s humility and trusting faith in God should always encourage us to trust God in every situation we find ourselves. We must surrender our worries to God for it is only when we do so with trusting faith that we can find our strength renewed. So, stand in faith even when you are having the hardest time of your life. As you do this, remember that true and sincere faith is not believing that God can, it is knowing that God will. Be grateful and thankful for what God has already done in your life and trust Him to do even more for you. For me, every time I count my blessings, my love for God grows even bigger, and every time I count my struggles, my faith in God grows even stronger.  

May you have a faith-filled and spirit-filled day. 

God loves you and so do I

 

 

Daily Reflection: June 24, 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ: 

JOKE: A man who thought he was John the Baptist was disturbing the neighborhood, so for public safety, he was committed.  

He was put in a room with another crazy guy, and immediately he began his routine. “I am John the Baptist; Jesus Christ has sent me to announce His coming!” 

The other guy looked at him sternly and declared, “I did not!”  

The Church celebrates today the feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. There are only three birthdays officially celebrated in the Church’s liturgical calendar of feasts. The other two birthdays are: The birthday of Jesus Christ—celebrated on December 25 and the birthday of our Blessed Mother Virgin Mary—celebrated on September 8. Unlike us who are born in sin, Jesus and Mary were born in grace. Though St. John the Baptist was conceived in sin, he is believed to have been born in grace hence the reason for this celebration. In the gospel of St. Luke, we read the comprehensive account of events surrounding the conception of John, his birth, and his naming ceremony. Archangel Gabriel appeared to his father Zachary while in the temple performing his priestly duties and announced to him that God has answered his prayers and will bless him with a son. When he was told that his wife Elizabeth though well up in age will conceive and bear a son, Zachary doubted consequent upon which the Archangel Gabriel made him dumb. Zachary and Elizabeth did not merely go through the motions in following God’s laws. They backed up their outward compliance with inward obedience. Unlike the religious leaders whom Jesus called hypocrites Zachary and Elizabeth did not stop with the letter of the law. Their obedience was from the heart and that is why they are called “righteous in the sight of God.”   

Dear friends, as we face God this day, let us rejoice on this wonderful occasion of the Nativity of John the Baptist. John was the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. He prepared the way for the Messiah, and he announced Him when He finally came. Today, many people are lost and are looking for someone to give them security in an insecure world as well as hope. Our responsibility as Christians is to point them to Christ and to show them that Jesus is the one who they seek—He alone can satisfy the hunger and quench the thirst in their hearts. John was a symbol of humility. When asked whether he was the Messiah, he humbly declared that he was not. He instead projected Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah who will baptize them with water and the Holy Spirit. This is true humility, the basis for greatness in preaching, teaching, or any other work we do for Christ. When you are content to do what God wants you to do and let Jesus Christ be honored for it, God will do greater things through you. And so, when we really understand who Jesus Christ is, our pride and self-importance melt away. John paid the ultimate price with his life for telling King Herod to repent and amend his ways. His life challenges us to have the courage in our Christian convictions as we continue to be heralds of Jesus Christ by our transparent way of living.   

God loves you and so do I

 

Daily Reflection: June 25, 2021

My Dear Friends in Christ: 

JOKE: “I'm on disability!" A deaf man, a blind man, and a disabled man heard a rumor that God had come down to a Church in the village to heal the sick. They all went to find out if it was true.  God signed to the deaf man, "Can I help you, son?" The man signed back that he would be so happy if he could hear again. God touched the man and suddenly he could hear. God then touched the blind man, and he was able to see. The third man was sitting in his wheelchair with his mouth wide open in amazement. God looked at the man and asked him what he wanted. The man drew back and yelled, "Don't lay one finger on me! I'm on disability!"  

Today’s first reading is taken from the Book of Genesis 17: 1, 9-10, 15-22. God’s message to Abram as we read in today’s first reading is equally addressed to every one of us Christian believer. We are to obey the Lord in every respect because He is God. For "Obedience if far better than any sacrificial offering" (1 Samuel 15: 22). We equally see how God changed the name of Abram to Abraham because he will be great—he will be the father of multitude of nations and his descendants will be too numerous to be counted. God equally changed the name of Abraham’s wife from Sarai to Sarah. At this time, Abraham was a hundred years and Sarah ninety, yet the promised was yet to be born and this worried Abraham. But God reassured him that the promises He had made to him must come to pass. It is important to note here that Abraham, the man God considered righteous because of his faith, faced this big challenge of believing God’s promises to him. However, despite his doubts, he followed God’s commands. This equally happens to several people of great faith. So, when God seems to want the impossible and you begin to doubt His leading, be like Abraham. Focus on God’s commitment to fulfill His promises to you, and then continue to obey.    

And in today’s gospel passage from Matthew 8: 1-4, we read about Jesus’ healing of a leper immediately after he came down from the mountain where He preached His Sermon on the Mount. Leprosy like AIDS today was a terrifying disease because there was no known cure. When a person contracts this deadly disease, the person is banished from public gathering because of the contagious nature of the disease. The leper is then sent to live in a community with other lepers until he gets completely healed. Some die in this place of confinement. When a leper was healed, he was expected to go to the Temple and present himself to the priest and obtain a writ and certification of healing. Only when this is done can the healed leper be allowed to attend public functions and mix with everyone in the community. And so, no leper could come near people or even touch them. But in today’s gospel passage, when the leper begged Jesus to heal him: “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean” Jesus reached out and touched him not minding the leper’s contagious situation and said: “I will; be clean.” Jesus wanted this man to give his story firsthand when he goes to the Temple to present himself to prove that his leprosy was completely gone so that he could be restored to full fellowship with members of his community. 

Dear Friends, as we face God this day, let us remember that we are all in need of mercy and spiritual healing from Jesus. We may not be suffering from the physical leprosy like the man mentioned in today’s gospel passage, but we carry along with us the leprosy of sin which separates us from God and from the community of God’s children. This is the primary purpose for Jesus’ coming into the world—to touch us despite the gravity of our transgression; to heal us, and to restore us to full communion with our God and our neighbor. Just like the leper was not ashamed or afraid to approach Jesus and present his problem, we too should not be afraid to approach Him and lay before Him the burdens of sin as well as any other burden that weigh us down and trouble our conscience. Sin is an incurable disease—and we all have it. Only Jesus Christ through His healing touch can miraculously heal us, take away our sins, and restore us to fullness of health in mind, body, and soul. But we must first acknowledge our inability to heal ourselves and ask for Jesus’ healing and saving touch. Approach Him humbly today in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and see how He will transform your life making you become a new person, a new individual, and a new creature of His Kingdom. Notice in the gospel passage that Jesus did not look down on the leper because of his sickness, neither did He remind the leper that he is an outcast, ostracized, and unfit for public appearance. He humbly touched him thereby showing him love. By touching the leper, Jesus gave him hope and a reassurance that he will be made well. Jesus expects us to show this same kind of love to people we encounter every day—a reassuring gesture of love that seeks to restore hope to the hopeless, joy to the sorrowful, and peace to the troubled. All said and done, when we commit our problems into God’s hands, He puts His peace into our hearts.   

God loves you and so do I