Readings for Wednesday August 12, 2009
First Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66
Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 19-20)
When it comes to sharing our problems and struggles, most of us are introverts. It seems as though most of the time we do not want to share our problems or issues with other people. There are many reasons why we do this; some do it out of fear of seeming weak, others keep these things in because they do not want to bother people. Still some others let their pride get in the way and think that they can just take on these problems and issues all by themselves without needing to rely on other people. I can say from personal experience that I tend to let my pride get in the way many times of letting people in on my struggles. But there really is no reason why we should keep all of this in, for we should not only be humbling ourselves before God and asking for forgiveness and help, but we should also be humbling ourselves and asking others for their prayers. After all God puts certain people in our lives for a reason, and some of these people really are meant to help build us up.
Jesus says very clearly today that where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. So let us not be afraid of sharing our problems and struggles with others and asking for their prayers, for these truly do make a differences. For if we gather together to pray, then Jesus assures us that He will be there.
Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord, you are our good God who knows us and loves us. Help us to let go of our pride and to not be afraid to share our struggles with the people that you put in our lives. Lord help us to see your will in our lives so that we may do what is pleasing to you. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.