Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time - Scripture Reading


First Reading 1 Cor 3:1-9

Brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were unable to take it. Indeed, you are still not able, even now, for you are still of the flesh. While there is jealousy and rivalry among you, are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man? Whenever someone says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely men? What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building.

Reflection

Today we celebrate the Feast day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Even though Mother Teresa experienced decades of the “dark night of the soul”- she felt great desolation from God - she continued to love and serve the Lord with absolute dedication even though she did not feel any consolation from Him. Yet God caused her congregation to grow and He built her into a great saint!

When I come across desolation in prayer life, I ponder in awe about Mother Teresa. How did she go through this for decades? Following God’s will and doing His work with no consolation. It is most definitely not an easy task; if it is then everyone would be following God faithfully.

If we are God’s field, then what fruit does He want to grow?

If God is the architect, what building does He have in mind?

Have you prepared yourself for what He has planned for you?