It is 26th June 2017. The readings are from Genesis 12:1-9; and the Gospel from Matthew 7:1-5. The way we respond to one another is the proof of the way we have responded to the call of God. in the first reading, we reflect the call of Abram. He was asked to move from his settled life at the age of 75 to the unknown, the unfamiliar and the difficult place. God wanted the father of the Faith, Abraham to walk with God, to know God, to love God and to reach the destination God desired for him. Yes indeed, God calls us anyway at the least moment we expect. If we feel that we have not got the call from God to lead, to inspire and to reach and to allow others to reach God, we are just not focused on God fully. Indeed, God wants to have a friendship with us specifically with you and me. Are we willing to leave our country of origin, the tribe, the caste, our family, our friends, the relatives and all that we love and cherish to be our strength and security for God’s love? It requires a tremendous trust and nonjudgmental acceptance of God’s plan for us. God promises God’s blessings for those who are willing to trust and to walk with God. “Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name so famous that it will be used as a blessing.” (Gen.12:1). Let not our present position, power and security hold back in responding to do what God has planned for us. God calls us all to move from self-centered life to God-centered life; from selfishness to moral integrity; and from convenience to covenantal love. God wants to use us to do a greater plan of happiness and peace and blessing. Are we willing to move away from our petty wishes and plans and trust God’s plan for our salvation and others? The responsorial Psalm prays, “Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.” (Ps.32:12). The Gospel invites us to stop being hyper-critical about others. Clarity and vision for relatedness comes by tolerant and resilient acceptance of the other as they are. God has accepted us we are with all the faults and failures and therefore it is our turn to responding in embracing the others without criticizing and branding. We all have the tendency to bury others alive when we have criticized and condemned others unfairly. When we ourselves are struggling to assess our own behaviors, attitudes and the moods, where do we get the energy to pass judgements on others? The way we judge other, so the way the world will condemn us. We are called to love not to judge. May you have a good day. May God bless you.

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