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Saturday, June 25, 2016

LK 9:51-56 The Journey to Jerusalem

"When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem and he sent messengers ahead of him.  On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"  Jesus turned and rebuke them and they journeyed to another village."  (LK: 9:51-56).

There are times that we get annoyed at people not aggreing to us or opposite to the values that we have.  In the same way as the disciples of Jesus, we react with disdain and anger to unbelievers or to those who have a different kind of faith to us.

The Lord does not tolerate this behaviour as He rebuked them.  It is clear that we cannot infringe on the will of others.  They have their own minds and they will do their intentions with consequences, of course.  On the other hand, we are not focusing on a punishing God.  We set our eyes on an ever-Loving and Ever-Merciful God.

If Jesus did not force anyone, why will we?  We have to be patient with everyone, not tearing each other.  Pray, pray and pray.  

Dear Lord,

We are sorry for losing patience with our brothers and sisters.  Please forgive us on the times we have thought bad things to happen especially if they did not accept and welcome us.

As our greatest, Awesome and Loving God, we thank you for always giving chances to all.  "You have no favourites as you love us all.

Lord, please open the eyes of all humanity to your Divine Mercy that surpasses all understanding.  Help us all, Lord for we know that if it is Thine Will, things will just fall into its place.  Lord, we adore you and we love you.  Please help others to love Thee and worship Thee.  All of this prayers by the powerful intercession of Mother Mary, St Michael the Archangel, St Joseph, all of the Angels and saints---through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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