Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings; Ex 3:1-6, 9-12;Gospel Mt 11:25-27
Praise God. Alleluia. Some months back, I got a chance to attend a retreat where I heard people praising and thanking the Lord at the top of their voice. But that time, I could not understand either the reason or the meaning behind it.
In the gospel today, we see Jesus praising and thanking God. The entire Bible exhorts us to praise the heavenly Father. Praise O heavens, His people worship Him. (Deut. 32/43) Sing to Him Sing praise to Him. (1Chr. 16/9) In the New Testament Jesus Himself is asking to those who received His mercy; “Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? (Lk. 17/18)
Dear reader, in the book of Daniel we see him praising God when he was thrown into the den of lion. The three men who were thrown into the burning furnace were dancing and praising God. And God sent His angel into their midst to shut the mouth of the lion and to protect them from the fire.
Feb 2015, the whole world was shocked by seeing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by the Islamic State of Libya. The media strongly reported; ‘21 Egypt Christians praised Christ before beheading.’ Are you ready to praise God always and ever where. Clap your hands all you peoples, shout to God with loud songs of joy. (Ps. 47/1) Do not feel shy to praise Him. It is not only the way of a charismatic Christian but the way of His entire creation. (Canticle of Daniel, Ch. 3) Therefore let us praise and thank Him for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. (Rev. 19/6)