15th Sunday – OT- B – July 11, 2021

Am 7:12-15; Ps 85; Eph 1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13


He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts. Mk 6: 8


1º  Look Into your Issues.

List the problems and conflicts that have surfaced in your life.

     √ Prioritize the issues that bother you most. Issues that eat up your time and energies leaving you emotionally and mentally drained and spiritually weak. How has your emotional and spiritual health been affected by the weight of these issues? How about your physical health?   

     √Nagkakasakit ka na ba dahil sa mga ito? O kaya, ikaw ba ay nakapag-dudulot ng sakit sa iba dahil sa mga ito?

     √ The issues may be long buried in the many years of pretences, denials and rejection, so you may spend some time going through them – sometimes, painfully.

     √ Do this, then, in prayer.

2º  Lift Up Your Baggage to God

       ♥ In Prayer

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument. – 1 Tm 2:8

In his letter to Timothy, Paul stresses that the prayer of the community should be unmarred by internal dissension. In this second step, we are invited to lift up our all our crippling and heavy baggage to God in praying hands.

Take your list with you at prayer time. Pray for each person concerned, for each situation or issue. Not just mouthing them without thought, but intending each one by using your imagination and memory. This is an important note especially when we are used to pray vocally or even pray with mental words without the engagement of our memories and imagination. If remembering makes our thanksgiving effective, so does memory makes healing efficacious too, coupled with God’s grace!

If you find praying at this “burdened time” difficult, which is normal, ask someone, a friend, a counsellor, a priest, who can assist you in your initial prayers. Better still, approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation and ask for the priest’s guidance. It may help too to choose your priest, if a bit of counselling will be sought.

♥ In Love

         There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear… 1 Jn 4:18

         √  What fears surface when you think about giving up control of those situations? Why is it tempting to hang on to them? It can happen that the only satan (stumbling block) for your letting go is your fear. Conquer this fear! How? By love, God’s love.

         √  As you lift up the baggage to God, let your head, heart and hands remain open as you receive God’s gift of faith, hope and love (they can only come from Him, that’s why they are called theological virtues.) Kapag empty handed ka, dangerous! The devil can fill in your emptiness right away! Love will make sure that the fear will be driven out and protect your soul.

 3º  Listen to the Instructions of God

         √  Release. Release those situations to God’s control, one at a time while humbly asking the Lord to fill you with His truth and wisdom.

         √   Wait. Instead of rushing ahead to your own solutions for each situation, practice the skill of waiting for Him to give you direction.

  Consult your counsellor or spiritual director or confessor with regards to the fruits of your prayer discernment. Be open and honest. A good guide will not offer you solutions but will only open doors and windows and avenues, in fact, new horizons for you to see, touch, feel, taste and explore. 

4º Humble Your Self.

Grace of God: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.- Jms 4:6b

Obedience: Jesus humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. – Phil 2:8

Rest: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. Mt 11:29

Greatness: Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Mt 18:4

Exaltation in due time:

      Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.- Mt 23:12.

     So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. -1Pt 5:6

 Notice the Greek word for “exalted”=  ὑψωθήσεται (upsōthēsetai =will be exalted). This is from hupsos (hoop-so’-os), meaning “to elevate (literally or figuratively), to exalt, lift up.

Humility is therefore a key element if we want to travel light! God’s hands elevate us, lift us up to His very bosom!

5º Throw off Excess Baggage

Throw off every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us. – Hebrews 12:1

Jesus defends the woman caught in adultery from her persecutors and commands her: “Go, and from now on do not sin any more.” – Jn 8:11

Let us do the same. God bless you in your journey!