8th March Daily Reading and Reflections

First Reading

Isaiah 65:17-21

17 For look, I am going to create new heavens and a new earth, and the past will not be remembered and will come no more to mind.

18 Rather be joyful, be glad for ever at what I am creating, for look, I am creating Jerusalem to be ‘Joy’ and my people to be ‘Gladness’.

19 I shall be joyful in Jerusalem and I shall rejoice in my people. No more will the sound of weeping be heard there, nor the sound of a shriek;

20 never again will there be an infant there who lives only a few days, nor an old man who does not run his full course; for the youngest will die at a hundred, and at a hundred the sinner will be accursed.

21 They will build houses and live in them, they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.


Responsorial Psalm

Psalms 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-13

2 Yahweh, my God, I cried to you for help and you healed me.

3 Yahweh, you have lifted me out of Sheol, from among those who sink into oblivion you have given me life.

4 Make music for Yahweh, all you who are faithful to him, praise his unforgettable holiness.

5 His anger lasts but a moment, his favour through life; In the evening come tears, but with dawn cries of joy.

6 Carefree, I used to think, ‘Nothing can ever shake me!’

11 You have turned my mourning into dancing, you have stripped off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

12 So my heart will sing to you unceasingly, Yahweh, my God, I shall praise you for ever.


Gospel

John 4:43-54

43 When the two days were over Jesus left for Galilee.

44 He himself had declared that a prophet is not honoured in his own home town.

45 On his arrival the Galileans received him well, having seen all that he had done at Jerusalem during the festival which they too had attended.

46 He went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into wine. And there was a royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum;

47 hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son, as he was at the point of death.

48 Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and portents you will not believe!’

49 ‘Sir,’ answered the official, ‘come down before my child dies.’

50 ‘Go home,’ said Jesus, ‘your son will live.’ The man believed what Jesus had said and went on his way home;

51 and while he was still on the way his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive.

52 He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. They replied, ‘The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.’

53 The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, ‘Your son will live’; and he and all his household believed.

54 This new sign, the second, Jesus performed on his return from Judaea to Galilee.

 

Reflection

God is infinite in his kindness to us. He is not just a God but a Father, a Father who will always wish and plan good things for us. All God seeks from us is our love for him and believe in him, if only we can believe in him as the one and only true God; and having the Faith that only from him can every good and perfect life come. If only we would, he would reach out to us in ways we cannot understand; and all we would see is our problems getting solved .

When we talk about God reaching out to us, a lot of people imagine God instantly and directly delivering them from a problem they might be in (although it works like that sometimes, in accordance to his plans). God have diverse ways to network solutions a times.

He could be making and molding your destiny through a job that presently you are not happy at all with, and you could be thinking that he is so unfair (especially when you have what it takes to be in a better level in life). Sometimes there are purposes (assignments) God wants us to fulfill in some points of life where we are before we move on to probably a higher one (all for his glory) but we complain most times.

The Capernaum official’s son must have taken one of the best medications in Capernaum to get healed but it never worked. Does it make God unfair? But God let the boy to remain sick that his name might be glorified through Christ and that men shall see his greatness and come to him to be saved. If Jesus had come to this world and wrote down principles of life without living the exemplary life of having challenges, joy, celebration, pain, etc just like us, then we all wouldn’t have believed that it’s possible to live as human and still have things done for us divinely by God…

So let us cast all our cares and hope in God for everything…And he will see our faith and make us well again. For though his plans for us are plans for good and not of evil.

Today is the Feast of  Catholic Martyr Saints, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

 

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