Whatever our circumstances,
we are encouraged to sing to
the Lord of His goodness.
Just as Elisha promised the
woman of Shunem, in Sunday’s
first reading, that she would bear
a son, so does the Lord reach out
to us in unlikely circumstances.
The Lord surprises us when we are
barren; He renews us when we are spent;
He grants us a share in the life of the
Messiah even though we are unworthy
All we have to do is bear our cross and praise Him,
sing of His promises forever, as our psalmist says.
There may be interruptions in our joy, and there
will be times when we will question, “How could
the Lord allow this to happen to me?” But so long
as we bear our cross with dignity and die to sin,
then we are living for God in Christ Jesus,
as St Paul reminds us. (Romans 6: 11)
Jesus says in today’s Gospel that we are not worthy
of Him if we do not take up our cross. We must lose
our life for Christ in order to find it. (Matthew 10: 38-39)
Despite the setbacks we face, we must endure;
for as St Paul tells us, endurance produces character
and character produces hope, which does not
disappoint. (Romans 5: 3-5)
Whatever it takes, our psalmist tells us, “Through
all generations my mouth shall proclaim your
faithfulness.” Our job is to know the joyful shout;
to walk in the light of God’s countenance; and to
sing the goodness of the Lord forever.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Are you able to sing of the promises of the Lord even when you have been
disappointed or are suffering? Explain
2. Are you one of the blessed people who walk in the light of the Lord’s
countenance? Speak of how His countenance is reflected in your own face.