Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time, January 14

May Our Trust, Which We Have in Our Relationship of Love with Our God, Fill Us with an Enduring Hope, Abiding Confidence and Endless Joy, Knowing that “with God, all things are possible”.

We read today from the First Book of Samuel a prayer from Hannah which came from the very depths of her sorrow, “O LORD of hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you remember me and do not forget me…”

When you and I reflect upon our own lives, do any of us remember a time when we just sat and poured our heart out to God when the deepest concerns in life seemed to completely overwhelm us – to the point where our only recourse was to place everything in God’s hands, for we had no control over whatever it was that was crushing us emotionally, physically or spiritually?

When the trials and tribulations of life seem to overpower us, do we trust in our relationship with God, believing that His Love for us will help us to bear or overcome whatever burden we may be facing?

In our First Reading today, Hannah was in such a position. The Scriptures tell us that she was barren and was not able to give Elkanah, her husband, any children. And this distressed her to such a degree that she was constantly overwhelmed with sadness.

And we read today, “In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously, and she made a vow, promising: ‘…if you give your handmaid a male child, I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives…’”

In spite of the great distress which Hannah was carrying deep within her heart, she knew that she could trust God with her deep sorrow and misery, and she ends up asking God for the fullness of life.

She tells Eli, the priest, “Think kindly of your maidservant”, and being true to herself, her calling and her trust in God, Hannah goes on to live a life fulfilled by serving God and her faith community through the birth and the nurturing of her son Samuel, who would become a great prophet serving God and His people.

And in her great joy, our Responsorial Psalm today is Hannah’s song of thanksgiving to God for having heard her prayer and blessed her with a son, despite her barrenness. She praises God as the helper of the weak, who casts down the mighty and raises up the lowly. This canticle resembles, in many ways, the hymn of thanksgiving which Mary spoke to Elizabeth, which we call the Magnificat.

And just as Hannah trusted in God even from the depths of her sorrows, we too are asked to do no less. For we have a Savior who truly understands our sorrows and despairs. We have a Redeemer who has given us a new hope in the life of faith which you and I live each day, if we only let the teachings of our Lord penetrate our hearts and our souls.

For we find within the Letter to the Hebrews, “What is man that you are mindful of him…?” Yet, God is mindful of him to such an extent that He sent His Only Son to fill our hearts with a hope in the Truth that there is so much more available to us beyond the limits of our own mortal existence. And He accomplished this through His teachings and miraculous signs and wonders.

And today’s Gospel tells us today that, “The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority…” And then He exorcised a demonic spirit, filling the witnesses in the synagogue with amazement as one having authority even over unclean spirits.

Jesus proclaimed in Scripture that His Kingdom is at hand, and it exists within each one of us, a Kingdom which fills us with hope and gives meaning to our faith – a faith which allows us to recognize the blessings which God has given to us on this side of the eternal, even in the midst of our own sorrows and despair.

For we know that we have a God upon whom we can depend, a God who has authority, not only over the physical, but also over the spiritual – the same God who heard Hannah in her despair and filled her with joy.

Jesus, the Only-Begotten Son of God, the Eternal Word made flesh, bids each of us, both you and me, to listen to His teachings and embrace the life to which He invites us – a life of virtue and holiness. And He also invites each of us to go to Him not only with our joys and happiness, but also with our anguish and miseries, even with our doubts and uncertainties.

May our trust, which we have in our relationship of love for and our dependence upon our God, fill us with an enduring hope, abiding confidence and endless joy – knowing that “with God, all things are possible” for those who freely open their hearts to Him and sincerely believe.

And with an ever increasing and deepening faith, may the words of Hannah in today’s Responsorial Psalm become our own, “My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God.”

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Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “…O LORD of hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your servant, if you remember me and do not forget me…” (1 Samuel 1:11bc)
  • “What is man that you are mindful of him…?” (Hebrews 2:6b)
  • “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on his mercy…May your mercy be upon us Lord, as we place our trust in you.” (Psalm 33:18, 22)
  • “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15)
  • “For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  • “Even all the hairs of your head are counted.” (Matthew 10:30)
  • “…for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26c)
  • “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:4-8)
  • “My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God.” (1 Samuel 2:1ab)

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Prayer for the Day

“Oh, for the peace of a perfect trust,

My loving God, in Thee;

Unwavering faith that never doubts

Thou choose what is best for me!

“Best, though my plans be all upset;

Best, though the way be rough;

Best, though my earthly store be scant;

In Thee I have enough.

“Best, though my health and strength be gone,

Though weary days be mine,

Shut out from much that others have;

Not my will, Lord, but Thine!

“And even though disappointments come,

They, too, are best for me,

To wean me from this changing world,

And lead me nearer to Thee.

“Oh, for the peace of a perfect trust

That looks away from all;

That sees Thy hand in everything,

In great events or small.

“That hears Thy voice – a Father’s voice –

Directing for the best.

Oh, for the peace of a perfect trust,

A heart in Thee at rest.”

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