Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ordinary Time: Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

One of the lessons we can learn from the Israelites is the power of counting your blessings.  During the Exodus, they never did that. They had manna from heaven, they wanted meat. They had their freedom, they missed the old days of slavery. Whatever they had been given by God, it was not enough. They didn't stop to look around and see all they had been given, and all they had to be thankful for. 

Let us not make the same mistake. Today, let us stop and count our blessings.  Instead of focusing on what we don't have, instead of focusing on our problems, instead of focusing on how things aren't as we'd always like them to be, let's stop.  Let's look around.  And let's see all the things that we have to be thankful for.  

New Testament Lesson

Today, let us remember the true lesson of this passage.  Wisdom comes not from this world, but it comes through faith. Today, let us seek after God. Let us seek after faith. Let us seek after His things. And in doing that, we will become wise.  Let us be more concerned with being wise in God's eyes than being wise in the eyes of the world. 

Gospel Lesson

Here we see Jesus say something strange.  To not cause offense, He divinely paid the temple tax.  Now, if you read the life of Jesus as shown to us in the Gospel, He was never afraid of causing offense, particularly to the religious leaders and teachers of the law. So, why here did He choose the route?  

Dr. Barry Bryant, a professor of mine in seminary used to always tell us, that there were 3 crosses at Calvary, and only 1 was worth dying upon. Everything is not a big deal, everything is not forth fighting over.  If everything is a big deal, then when a truly big deal comes along, we may miss it. 

Today, let us focus on what is truly important, and focus on the big things.  And in that, let the small things pass by. Everything is not a big deal.  Let us focus on what is.  

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