Monday 7 July 2014

Tuesday of Week 20 Year 2

Some of us may have a lot of baggages in our lives. We carry our baggages wherever we go. These baggages may not necessarily be items or things, there are even baggages that others do not see, and to a certain extend, baggages that we ourselves do not see. When we have these baggages, we become encumbered, we are unable to move properly, we are unable to listen to God's voice, because these baggages are constantly distracting us, blocking our view, or even making us feel good about ourselves. We begin to think that we are self-sufficient, we do not need help, and we do not need God.

In today's Gospel: "Jesus said to his disciples, 'I tell you solemnly, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.' When the disciples heard this they were astonished. 'Who can be saved, then?' they said. Jesus gazed at them. 'For men' he told them 'this is impossible; for God everything is possible.'" When a camel has a lot of baggages on its back, it becomes difficult for the camel to move easily, and it becomes even more difficult for the camel to pass through narrow gates. The baggages are a cumbersome hindrance and it is only when such baggages are removed that the camel can go through. In the same way, when we continue to cling on to our baggages, we too are unable to move on. We may feel as if our baggages are too difficult or too heavy, but God is inviting us to let go, trust in Him and depend on Him. God can make the impossible possible and make it possible for us to move on. The question is: are we willing and humble enough to let God help us detach ourselves from our baggages, so that we can grow closer to Him?

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