Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary
Time, July 16
Particular Gifts and Charisms with Which Our Lord Has Blessed Us, May We Become
His Extension of Love and Mercy Here on Earth.
We have all heard or read stories about babies being
abandoned on doorsteps, hospital entrances, even sadly in dumpsters or trash
bags. But today’s story is different.
Out of love for her son, and trusting in God’s providential
care for His children, the mother of Moses, in our First Reading, set her son
adrift along the river bank, trusting that God would take care of him. For she
knew that if the Egyptians found him in her home, he would be killed by order
And Scripture tells us today that when Pharaoh’s daughter
found the basket adrift and opened it and saw the child inside, “She was
moved with pity for him…” And with this same sense of compassion, she
adopted him, making him her own. Thus, the story of Moses began.
Sometimes, the word pity takes on different meanings,
depending upon its usage or the context in which we find the expression. In
today’s Scripture Readings, we become exposed to two opposing uses of the term.
In our First Reading, Pharaoh’s daughter is moved with compassion
and sadness that a mother would have to abandon her child, in order that the
child may have a chance to live, for she knew that her father, who was the
ruler of Egypt, had decreed that every male child was to be put to death by the
sword as a means of lessening the population of the Jewish people. It was
Pharaoh’s way of implementing a policy of forced birth control.
By caring for and adopting the child, her compassion was a
living example of love and charity, even towards those who were being persecuted
and marginalized by an unjust ruling. And unbeknownst to her, her pity was the
means by which God’s plan of salvation for His chosen people would be
In stark contrast, however, was the pity which our Lord felt
for those who chose to turn their backs on God’s Mercy in our Gospel Reading
today, a Mercy which He was freely extending to His children, a Mercy which
they had freely chosen to reject by remaining obstinate and unrepentant.
The pity which our Lord felt was not one of compassion;
rather it was one of disappointment and sorrow, when He replied, “Will
you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.”
In essence, our Lord was mourning the lack of faith of all
those who could not recognize the workings of God’s Love within their midst,
even when they witnessed the healings which took place in front of their very
In His disappointment, our Lord spoke of God’s Justice, a
Justice which many people today ignore or disregard, for such thinking runs
counter to their way of thinking and their way of life – a life which purposely
disregards the teachings of Christ, a life which even shows disdain and
contempt for the basic Ten Commandments!
But for those who try to live their faith in the midst of
secularistic thinking, for those who work at keeping their focus on Christ,
even in the midst of ridicule and persecution – for there are many Christians
throughout the world today who ARE being persecuted for their faith (each year,
over 100,000 are being martyred throughout the world) – our psalmist today echoes
their individual cries with his own words of lament, “But I am afflicted and
in pain; let your saving help, O God, protect me.”
In times of trial, in times of despair, each of us must
always remain focused on what truly matters in this life – God’s indescribable
Love for each and every one of us! And even in the midst of our own sufferings,
God still asks us to remain faithful to the two basic Commandments which our
Lord gave us, which is the summation of the original Ten – love of God and love
As you and I journey through life, as we travel through the
different valleys of tears which are asked of each of us, we must never turn to
empty despair but always have faith and trust in God’s providential Love for
And with this faith strengthening us, He expects each of us
to also do our part in reaching out to help others. With the particular gifts
and charisms with which our Lord has blessed us, He is asking that each one of
us become His extension of Love and Mercy here on Earth.
We are to become faithful children, imitating Christ in the
Love He has for us, imitating Pharaoh’s daughter in our First Reading, reaching
out and caring for those who are marginalized and less fortunate.
Remember, “she was moved with pity.” May we take it
one step further and look upon the poor and the marginalized with compassion
May you and I become the Merciful Christ as we reach out to
all who are suffering, seeing in them the Suffering Christ and ministering to
their needs, alleviating their pain in whatever way we can, with whatever gifts
we have been given.
And when our life comes to an end – and one day it shall –
and when our Savior finally looks at us during our time of judgment, instead of
facing His Divine Justice, may you and I take confidence in hearing Him say to
each of us –
“Well done, my good and faithful servant…Come, share
your master’s joy.” †
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Scripture for the Day
- “As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over
it, saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace…’” (Luke
- “Then he began to reproach the towns where most
of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.” (Matthew
- “And as for you, Capernaum: ‘Will you be
exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’ For if the mighty
deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until
this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on
the day of judgment than for you.” (Matthew 11:23-24)
- “Noticing the basket among the reeds, [Pharaoh’s
daughter] sent her handmaid to fetch it. On opening it, she looked, and lo,
there was a baby boy, crying! She was moved with pity for him…” (Exodus
- “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will
of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
- “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and
beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians
- “Be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” (Ephesians 4:32)
- “Do to others whatever you would have them do
to you. This is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
- “For I kept the ways of the LORD and was not
disloyal to my God. For his ordinances were all present to me, and his statutes
I put not from me; but I was wholehearted toward him, and I was on my guard
against guilt. And the LORD requited me according to my justice, according to
my innocence in his sight.” (2 Samuel 22:22-25)
- “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from
now on…let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them.” (Revelation
- “Well done, my good and faithful servant…Come,
share your master’s joy.” (Matthew 25:21ac)
Prayer for the Day
“Eternal and Most Loving Father,
I submit my entire self to Your holy will.
All that I am today, transform me into Your servant;
living Your Truth amongst my brothers and sisters.
“Thank You for imbuing me with Your Holy Spirit,
who guides me to live a life of righteousness,
enabling me to be all that You desire me to be,
so that I may give my best in service to Your children.
“Forgive me for my past failures,
rejecting the image of Christ in those around me.
In selfishness, I held back Your Love
and fell short in living the virtue of charity.
“Fill my heart with humility,
so that I may always fulfill Your will,
imitating the life of Your Son, Jesus,
giving love without counting the cost.
“In Jesus’ Name, I pray for this grace
for the glory of Your Divine Majesty,
in the Presence of the Holy Spirit,
and for the well-being of my soul for all eternity. Amen.”Anonymous