Renungan Harian, Thursday 8 Feb 2018 – Keep the faith
First reading: 1 Kings 11:4-13
Psalm: Psalms 106:3-4, 35-37, 40
Gospel reading: Mark 7:24-30
24And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid. 25But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoeni’cian by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said to her, “Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”28But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29And he said to her, “For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone.
The woman in the gospel today is not an Israelite, she must have grown up worshiping zeus and other gods. Yet, she believed in Jesus and come to ask Him to heal her daughter.
In the first reading we read the story of Solomon. He grew up with David, his father, a man after God’s own heart. He saw how great is God’s work all his life. God even gave him such wisdom that no one on earth can compare. He was blessed in many ways and yet at the end of his days, he turn to other gods because of the influence by his many wives.
Solomon story serves as a reminder for us. We might be born as Catholics, educated in Catholic school but we shouldn’t take salvation as a granted. We have to make an effort to keep the faith alive until the day The Lord calls us back.
Stay in the community, come for your cell group meetings, go to mass regulary, receive the Holy Communion more often, read your bible, etc, don’t let the matters of the world keep you away ftom God.
David kept his faith and do what is right in God’s eye, look how God bless him! He bless David’s descendends because of David.
Psalm 106:3, “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times! ”
Let’s do our best to keep our faith alive. Amen.
Ferdi, Ira & kids
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