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Reflection on Mass Reading for July 18, 2021

Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

“You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds. I myself will gather the remnant of my flock.” Here comes a test that may even be worthy of a final exam. What happens when the ones you trust and those entrusted to take care of you fail miserably? This happens on several different levels but make no mistake; it does and will occur. (Perhaps for some of our readers, it already has.) Someone or something will no doubt severely disappoint us. A hard test, wouldn’t you say?

“He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” Based on the beautiful Scriptures we have today, there is a great way to pass this terrible personal exam of sorts and is found in the Gospel. Jesus came precisely for all of us who would face all kinds of disappointments, and for that real reason, He gave us access to the Holy Spirit and all things heavenly. Let us thank God for this gift and sit down and pass this awesome test!

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” Paulo Coelho

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