It is 5th December 2015. The readings are from Is. 30:19-21,23-26 and the Gospel from Mt. 9:35-10:1,5a, 6-8. The first reading points out that certain amount of suffering is needed for a happy life. God is our teacher in the school of suffering. Our sufferings must lead and make us go closer to the teacher to be active and strong. Sufferings strengthen the bond between God and human soul. Sufferings do clean our evil desires and make ourselves wiser, contented, and prepare ourselves to receive the blessings of God in full. God wants to correct us through the sufferings. Let us be appreciative to learn the lessons from the time of suffering and grow integrally. Our tears will not be ignored by God. God himself will deal with our pain and suffering. “On the day the Lord dresses the wound of God’s people and heals the bruises God himself inflicted.” (Is.30:26). The responsorial Psalm sings, “Happy are all who hope in the Lord.” (Ps.146:18). The Gospel prompts us to pray for the workers who are willing to lead others to Jesus. Since we received the help during our problems, now it is our turn to help the others who face such problems. (2 Cor.1:3-7). Many are in need of the blessings of Jesus. The reality is very few are willing to work for Jesus. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Mt.9:37). We need to be the participants and sharers of the good things we have already received. “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Mt.10:8). May God bless you.

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