Scripture: 1st Reading: Gen21,5,8-20; Resp. Psalm: Ps34,10-13; Gosp. Accl.: James1,18; Gospel: Mt8,28-34
God promises. God fulfills His promises. There is no situation we can be in life that God has no answer for. Our God knows where each of His creatures is. He knows the needs of each. He understands our anxieties. When we trust in Him, He will not abandon or forsake us. Rather, He will come to our help to reassure us of His presence.
Abraham had lost hope of ever having a child through his marriage to Serah. This was because at ninety nine years old and his wife Serah ninety, both were already old. But God is the Maker of the law that says there is a time in the life of a woman that she can no longer conceive. God put that natural law there. The maker of the law is the authentic interpreter of that law. In the case of Abraham and Serah, God temporarily suspended that law.
At one hundred years old, Isaac, the miracle child, was born! The birth of Isaac of course meant that Ishmael, the son born to Abraham by Serah's slave Haggai, had no place within the house. As a result and due to the pressure mounted by Serah, both Haggai and Ishmael her son were sent out of the house. God did not abandon Ishmael because he was Abraham's son.
God fulfills promises! The only thing we need to do as believers is to wait for the fulfillment of those promises. Most times we are impatient and want things our own way all the time. We want to dictate to God how He is to assist us. We carry on as if we have all the solutions wrapped up. This is where leaving things in the capable hands of God is very important and salutary.
In today's gospel, the people in the country of the Gadarenes could not see the good in the miracle of liberation from demonic possession that was performed by our Lord. They found it difficult to see how setting free demonically possessed persons could be of greater value than their own economic gains. They were peeved by the loss of their herd of many swine, closing their eyes, minds and hearts to the "gain" that the setting free of these demoniacs represented. They begged our Lord to leave their neighbourhood because He represented collosal economic loss.
The Gadarenes in this story never contemplated how long these unfortunate demoniacs had waited for this day to come. As our Lord passed by that day, God visited them and set them free. Finally, they began to enjoy the freedom of the children of God. From that instant, they began a new life, no longer living in the tombs but living with human beings.
We are called to believe in the promises of God. We are called to be patient for the fulfillment of those promises, trusting that with His antecedents, God will never fail to deliver on His promises. Like Abraham, let us wait unto Him. Like the demoniacs, let us discern properly and recognize the time of His visitation and utilize it without delay.
Let us pray: God our loving Father, we thank you for the gift of Abraham, our model of faith. Hear our prayers as we struggle with the difficulties of our lives. Be with us and assist us so that we can trust in your power to grant us victory and set us on the path of freedom you intend for us. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.