Monday, July 14, 2008

Ordinary Time: Monday, July 14, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see in this passage that the spies go into Jericho and  the king finds out. They hide out in the home of Rahab.  She is a prostitute, and not someone that would think that the spies would associate themselves with. But, she does the right thing.  She hides them; and then she doesn't tell the king about it.  And in doing this she is faithful to God and she helps God's plan come to pass. 

God can use anyone.  God's grace extends to everyone and God's plan includes anyone willing to work for God. Not matter what the past has held.  No matter what has gone on before. Today, in this moment, if you will be faithful to God, He will use you in a mighty, might way. Today, let us each be faithful.  

New Testament Lesson

We see Paul reference the story of Elijah. There will always be a remnant that God has saved for Himself. No matter how dark the age may look.  No matter how bad things may appear.  No matter how hopeless it may seem.  God has a remnant. God has a people.  God has a plan.  He has not given up.

And neither should we.  Sometimes it is tempting to give up on things around us.  Sometimes is ti tempting to give up on others around us.  Sometimes it is even tempting to give up on ourselves. But, God does not do that.  He doesn't give up on any of these; and He does give up on us, either. 

Today, may we remember that there is always a God that believes, even when others loss hope. And may we do the same.  

Gospel Lesson

Today, may we keep awake.  Let us keep awake for His return, but let us also keep awake for the places and ways that He may want to speak to us today. That He may want to use us today.  That He may have a plan for us today.  That He may give us grace today. 

Today, and each day, may we keep awake for God.  

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