May the Lord give you peace and grace in the Holy Spirit. It is 18th July 2023. We reflect on Exodus 2:1-15; and the Gospel from Matthew 11:20-24.
Is God regretting or rejoicing over us? Are we missing the opportunities on account of our choices?
Moses means “to pull out/draw out” of water. Moses was found by the daughter of Pharaoh in the river of the Nile who took care of him to grow up as a young man. Yet, his heart was pulled towards his people and peeled apart from the luxuries of the royal treatment. Blood is thicker than water. Our bonding with our families is much deeper and so subtly connected. With the attachments to our groups, we might take things into our hands and act as Moses did the killing of an Egyptian to protect a Hebrew. Consequently, his work was delayed by forty years in delivering God’s people.
In the Gospel, Jesus, the New Moses complains about those who have chosen to close their minds. People did not listen to the Good News and took advantage of God’s graces and goodness in their lives. At times, we choose to listen to whatever suits our trajectories.
“If the miracles and deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon…” Jesus regrets the stubbornness to be repented. Sadly we have reduced repentance to confession and receiving the Eucharist. True repentance involves the unconditional acceptance of Jesus as our Saviour and Redeemer. The refusal to accept Jesus in our lives makes us forgetful and ungrateful of what God has done in our lives.
The opportunities, blessings, and resources at our disposal are enormous yet what God is looking for in our lives is yet to be found.
We tend to forget people who helped us in life when we do well in our life. We lean forward to our families than to those who stretched out their hands in our need.
Is our bonding and personal ties with our families alienate God from us?
May we value God’s goodness more than anything in this world? Have a peaceful day. God bless you.