Carl Lora, Little Whispers

The (Im)possible

First Reading
Judges 6:11-24A

The angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth in Ophrah
that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite.
While his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press
to save it from the Midianites,
the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said,
“The LORD is with you, O champion!”
Gideon said to him, “My Lord, if the LORD is with us,
why has all this happened to us?
Where are his wondrous deeds of which our fathers
told us when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’
For now the LORD has abandoned us
and has delivered us into the power of Midian.”
The LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have
and save Israel from the power of Midian.
It is I who send you.”
But Gideon answered him, “Please, my lord, how can I save Israel?
My family is the lowliest in Manasseh,
and I am the most insignificant in my father’s house.”
“I shall be with you,” the LORD said to him,
“and you will cut down Midian to the last man.”
Gideon answered him, “If I find favor with you,
give me a sign that you are speaking with me.
Do not depart from here, I pray you, until I come back to you
and bring out my offering and set it before you.”
He answered, “I will await your return.”

So Gideon went off and prepared a kid and a measure of flour
in the form of unleavened cakes.
Putting the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot,
he brought them out to him under the terebinth
and presented them.
The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and unleavened cakes
and lay them on this rock; then pour out the broth.”
When he had done so,
the angel of the LORD stretched out the tip of the staff he held,
and touched the meat and unleavened cakes.
Thereupon a fire came up from the rock
that consumed the meat and unleavened cakes,
and the angel of the LORD disappeared from sight.
Gideon, now aware that it had been the angel of the LORD,
said, “Alas, Lord GOD,
that I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!”
The LORD answered him,
“Be calm, do not fear. You shall not die.”
So Gideon built there an altar to the LORD
and called it Yahweh-shalom.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 85:9, 11-12, 13-14
R. (see 9b) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for he proclaims peace
To his people, and to his faithful ones,
and to those who put in him their hope.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Gospel
Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,

“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”


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“For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

REFLECTION
We can’t deny the fact that we tend to become anxious of things we are unfamiliar of. This is one of our first few responses when we encounter something that is new to us.

This year, I have entered a new phase in my life. Going into my dream program in my dream university seems very promising at first. But behind the excitement is the anxiety that I’ve been feeling. I have been hearing different stories from some upperclassmen in my program about how difficult the workload and subjects are. Such things get into me which contribute to my fear of not doing well and my fear of disappointing those who believe in me.

But then as I was thinking of my game plan for college, I was able to realize that I don’t have to face these things all by myself. I have a solid support support system in my family and friends. And most of all, I have the Lord who is always there to guide and help me throughout this journey, despite the challenges that lie ahead.

When we are new to something, it all seems very intimidating and impossible to conquer challenges. But we must always set our minds to the fact that we have a God who is greater than all of the things that we fear, who is always by our side when we face different challenges in life, and who is capable of removing the “im” in impossible to make it possible.

This is what God promises us today and in the days to come.

Prayer
Lord, I lay down all of my fears, anxieties, and uncertainties at the foot of Your cross. Fill my mind and my heart with your Spirit that I may always trust in You amidst all the things that seem impossible to conquer. Amen.

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1 thought on “The (Im)possible”

  1. “When we are new to something, it all seems very intimidating and impossible to conquer challenges. But we must always set our minds to the fact that we have a God who is greater than all of the things that we fear, who is always by our side when we face different challenges in life, and who is capable of removing the “im” in impossible to make it possible.”

    Very true. I am a firm believer in this truth. You are right we need to set our minds AND our hearts on Jesus. That is exactly what Gideon did when the fear became too great for him to bear alone. So shall it be with you if you trust and follow Him completely.

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    http://www.uncompromisingfaith.ca

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