Pleading for God’s Help

First Reading: Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19

Psalm: Ps 74:1b-2, 3-5, 6-7, 20-21

Gospel: Mt 8:5-17

How fortunate we are that we have our Lord to turn to in times of crises! No matter how we like to believe that we are in control of our lives, similar to the all-powerful centurion, in the end, through faith, we learn to accept our limitations and plead for God’s help.

There is a special responsibility that we Christians should bear joyfully. That is, we must treasure the grand gift of faith and not take it for granted. It should not take a grave medical, financial or relational problem to shake us out of our spiritual smugness. Rather, wouldn’t it be great if we allow Jesus’ willingness to `take our infirmities and diseases’ to inspire us? Let’s give our best in living our daily lives committed to values that make us worthy of His perfect love: service to others in humility, worship of God in thanksgiving, respect and sincerity, and willingness to forgive ourselves and others in discipline and contrition.