Lord, help us to know Your Word and do Your Will
19th Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 11th August 2020
Ez. 2:8—3:4; Ps. 18:14,24,72,103,11,131;
Mt. 18:1-5,10,12-14 (Ps Wk III)
In the Responsorial Psalm, the Psalmist weaves two themes: God’s Will and God’s Word. In the first theme of God’s Will, he sees doing God’s will as an action to “rejoice” in; which gives him the feeling that “all riches were mine” (v 14); and is his “heritage forever” (v 111). Furthermore, he sees God’s Will as his “delight” (v 24) and “the joy of [his] heart” (v 111).
In the second theme of God’s Word, he speaks about God’s “statutes” as his “counsellors”; God’s “law” as holding for him more meaning than “silver and gold” (v 72); God’s “promise” as “sweeter to my taste than honey in the mouth” (v 103); and his longing thirst for God’s “commands” (v 131).
The themes of God’s Will and God’s Word are also mentioned in the Gospel reading (Matthew) and in the Old Testament reading (Ezekiel). In Matthew, Jesus said to the disciples, “it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost” (v 14). Therefore, to do God’s will, would be to reach out to the children, who need Christ, in our daily life.
In Ezekiel, the prophet was asked by God to eat a scroll with God’s words.
When he ate it, he said, “it tasted sweet as honey” (v 3).
What does all this mean for us? To do God’s Will, we need to “listen” as God told Ezekiel (v 8). And as we listen and become familiar with God’s Word, it will guide us to do God’s Will.
Lord, grant us to know Your Word and do Your Will.