July 18, 2020 – 15th Week of Ordinary Time

“Let’s be prepared to rise up in hope and to burn on in love, as the Lord assures that we are His Beloved!”

(Based on Mic 2:1-5 and Mt 12:14-21 – Saturday of the 15th Week of Ordinary Time)

The Bible is the Real Word of God…
… describing Real Situations of Human Beings and the World.

The Bible does not shy away from presenting the weaknesses & the vulnerability of people.

In fact, the Bible has a special concern and a likeness for persons who are…
… feeble & fragile
… weak & worn-out
… helpless and hopeless
… unprotected & unarmed
… demoralized & defenseless

The Bible presents an “Anawim God”!

The term “Anawim” in Hebrew means “The Poor who seek the Lord for deliverance.”

God has always taken the ones in the position of powerlessness…
… and placed them in the position of strength.

The idea of God’s people being poor and delivered by Him is found throughout the Scripture.

Jesus is the Face of this Anawim God.

Though He was God, He emptied Himself and became..
… poor & powerless, frail &feeble
…. like any of us!

Today’s Gospel presents two images quoting Isaiah, on how this Anawim Jesus cares for His people: “The bruised reed He will not crush…nor snuff out the smouldering wick”!

What are Bruised Reeds and Smouldering Wicks?

  1. The Bruised Reed
    A reed was a tall hollow blade of grass along the river bank.

But sometimes, a strong wind would blow, or people would stamp them down and they would become bowed and bent over…

Battered and shattered lives of people are Bruised Reeds…
… But Jesus does not crush them!

Is my Life like a Bruised Reed?

Crushed by a financial crisis…
Devastated by human calamites…
Suppressed by lack of spiritual solace…
Struck by an illness…
Hurt by a harsh word…
Disappointed by a death…

The world may want to cast these bruised reeds aside.

But Jesus reaches out in love and mercy!

The world did not see their pain and misery.

But Jesus gets in touch to comfort and relieve!

There are lot of Bruised Reeds in the Bible:

Zacchaeus…
Martha…
The Woman caught in adultery…
The Samaritan Woman…
The Man with a withered hand…
The widow who offered a mite etc…

Is my Life like a Bruised Reed?

  1. The Smouldering Wick:
    Jesus’ image here was based on wicks used in oil lamps.

When the oil supply became less, the flame begins to flicker. As the wick burned out, smoke was emitted that smelled bad…
… the normal tendency is the put off this smouldering wick…

But Jesus does not snuff them out!

Is my life like a Smouldering Wick?

Saddened by trials and troubles, our flame of life often flickers…
Encountered by constant failures, our light of faith dies out…
Blown by winds of catastrophes, our glow of hope fades away…
Stumbled upon darkness of consolations, our flare of charity wanes away…

The world wants to snuff out these wicks.

But Jesus intervenes to renew the fire and the blaze!

The world feels it’s the end.

But Jesus jumpstarts and rejuvenates our lives!

There are a lot of Smouldering Wicks in the Bible…

Peter…
Mathew…
Bartimaeus…
Mary Magdalene…
The Crook on the Cross etc…

Is my life like a Smouldering Wick?

Through Prophet Micah, God condemns those who plan wicked and harm these innocent…
… and assures that He is with the Bruised Reeds and Smouldering Wicks:
“Woe to those who devise wickedness, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.

They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance!”

Am I an Anawim…a NObody?….

God wants to make me a SOMEbody!

The Bible tells stories after stories about nobodies; about those who never do well!

But God chose them.

God’s eyes search throughout the world, looking for ones whose stories ended before it began.

He looks for those who have no hope in this world – The Bruised Reeds and the Smouldering Wicks

Let’s be prepared to Rise Up in Hope and to Burn On in Love!

The Anawim are God’s Beloved!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “”Our misery is the Throne of God’s Mercy.”

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