Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time
Matthew 13: 54 – 58
Proper of the Saints, pg. 763
Have you ever asked the question, “Why me?” On this day back in 2003, I was working at Our Lady of the Lake Church, and I packed all my personal items in my office, and I left the parish to begin my studies in seminary. I asked, “Why me, Lord?” My prayer that day and every day since has been “Lord, just show me your face one more time, and I will stay.” I think the question “Why me?” is being said a lot in our readings.
In our first reading, Jerimiah may be saying, asking, “Why me?” Jeremiah has just told the people that death and destruction are coming to them if they do not repent of their ways, and the people are so tired of hearing him they want to put him to death. Tradition has it that Jerimiah did die at the hands of the people he preached to. Jerimiah may have asked, “Why me?” but he never strayed from saying what God wanted him to speak to the people.
In our Gospel, Jesus could have said, “Why me?” as he has just gotten done preaching to the people, and at first, they are amazed, but then the people begin to say, “Who does he think he is?”
My friends in Christ, have you ever asked the question, “Why me?” The answer I received back from God that day was, Why not you? I have given you everything and more?”