October 19, 2022 – Wednesday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
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God loves surprises and loves to surprise us in a very special way. The Gospel proclaimed to us today is certainly not just limited in God’s final judgment and delivering punishment for those who are wicked and rewarding the righteous. The Gospel invites us also to be more attentive of God’s surprise visits.
God comes and reveals the Divine Presence to us in the way we would not expect it to be. St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians gave us the hint on how he experienced such a surprise from Jesus. The Lord revealed himself to Paul on the road to Damascus when he was in search of Christians to persecute. That surprise from Jesus changed the whole life of Paul. It was in that surprise that Paul truly encountered the Lord and was converted to Jesus. That encounter and the revelation Paul received was the grace that he shared with others. Paul expressed it this way, “of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace” because the mystery of God was made known to him by revelation.
This is the invitation for us today. We are called to be attentive and to make ourselves available to the many surprise visits and revelations of God. We need the eyes of faith to believe in the God of surprises.
God may call us to serve and love Him in the way we have never thought about or to do something which was unthinkable before. God may reveal His presence to us in the most ordinary ways and to ordinary persons who are already familiar to us. The Lord may tell us something and reveal his wondrous presence in our life through the work we do or through the responsibilities we have at home. God may answer our prayer through the help and generosity of an unexpected friend or even through a stranger. God may bring us joy through a simple gift from a person we love or through reconciliation and peace offered to us by the person we have hurt or those who have hurt us.
There are many possibilities for God’s surprise visits. Allow, then, the Lord to surprise us today. It would be very good to grasp and grab those surprises from God. Having those experiences will make us confident in our relationship with God.
It would be good for us then also, to spend a time of recollection or of silence each day even in a short moment of 5 to 10 minutes before bedtime. Spend this time to recollect on how God has given us the grace of surprise visit during the day. Thank the Lord for the grace and never forget to share your grace also to others so that we too shall be God’s surprise for other people. Kabay pa.