Matthew’s Gospel offers a couple of key insights into God’s love for humanity. The Lord seeks us out when we are lost and astray with a compassion that knows no limit; our task is to humbly receive this gift with the openness of a little child.
In the book of Hebrews we hear how living our faith can be compared to running a race. A cloud of witnesses (the Angels and the Saints) are cheering us on, and we set our eyes on a great prize at the finish line.
Yet we know that a race can be filled with difficulty. Our endurance is tested, an injury may occur, an accident or change in circumstances can overturn our best plans. Both Jeremiah and Jesus experienced these types of trial and anguish, reminding us that it happens in our lives as well.
So where do we find our strength? The answer comes from the Psalm Response: Lord, come to my aid! In our need we call upon God for the grace we need to face our challenges and keep our eyes fixed on the Kingdom of Heaven.
May we look to the Lord for what we need today, and even if we fall…trust that Christ will pick us up and set us on the path that leads to life.
The Letter to the Hebrews stresses the power of faith in the life of a Christian. Faith strengthens both the head and the heart, and as we foster our faith we are empowered with the grace we need to face the challenges before us.
The Lord teaches a key concept – the Paschal Mystery of death to new life – through the example of a grain of wheat. What needs to “die” in us today so that God’s grace can raise up something new and blessed in our hearts?
When Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” he is inviting them into a spiritual self-discovery that leads to personal change. The moment we claim Jesus as Lord we recognize our relationship to the Messiah and declare our allegiance to follow where he leads.