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Friday, June 24, 2016

Are you burdened with a painful or ugly past? Surrender it to God and hold on to His promise to give you a future full of hope - Daily Reflections June 24, 2016


A BIRTH FULL OF PROMISE
 
From the perspective of Zechariah, the birth of his son, John the Baptist, must have been a tremendous, dramatic event. He who was struck dumb for his incredulity and hesitation is now liberated, especially from his muteness. As he proclaimed in his well-known canticle, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and brought redemption to His people.”
       Of all God’s people, Zechariah was the first to be set free. Somehow we can’t blame the poor man for having been struck mute, frail and human as he was.
       We, too, are somehow imprisoned and speechless in our cages of doubt and lack of trust in God. We long for the day when we will be set free, the ghosts of our past finally laid to rest. This means that we will, at last, come to terms with our past hurts, issues and concerns. We will not forget them entirely because unfortunately there’s no delete key for bad memories, but we will come to accept them as part of the greater scheme of things.
       What truly matters, most especially with God, is the future, and not the past anymore. “A future of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) is what God promises us, if we put our trust in Him.
       People were wondering and speculating on what John the Baptist would be. They were even arguing about his name. But this stands in contrast with God’s holy and majestic will — it is something not subject to petty considerations and deliberations.
       This is the kind of God who always knows and desires what is best for us, like a most loving father who truly cares. Like the frail-but-promising newborn baby John, we humbly and completely entrust ourselves into His hands. Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: Are you burdened with a painful or ugly past? Surrender it to God and hold on to His promise to give you a future full of hope.
 
Heal me, Lord, of my painful and ugly past. With You in my life, I trust that my future will be a lot brighter. Amen.

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