Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ordinary Time: Thursday, July 3, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see the continued story of Balaam in this passage today, as he once again stand up, and is told to curse God's people, and instead he blesses them.  God says through him today that God will be true to His word, that He will do what He has promised He will do. 

That can be a word of encouragement for us today; He has promised to never leave nor forsake us, He has promised that He will always be with us.  He has promised that even in the fire, we'll not be burned, and the waves will not overcome us.  He has promised us these things. And, as we are told today, He will be true to His word.  

New Testament Lesson

We see here one of the greatest passages in all the Bible: Romans 8:1. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. If we are in Christ, we will not be condemned. We don't have to fear that condemnation. We don't have to worry about that. We have been set free, we have been forgiven, we have new life. The old does not have to hang over us. We can walk away in joy. We can live joyful lives because we have been forgiven. 

There is no condemnation in Christ!  Today, you are free!  Today, you can let go of whatever it is that holds condemnation over you!  In Christ, you are free, you are forgiven, and there is no condemnation. Today, life free and joyful in His grace!

Gospel Lesson

Today, His grace invites all to the wedding feast. He has invited everyone into a relation with Him.  He desired to know each of us; we are all precious in His sight.  He wants to know us; but more importantly, He wants us to know Him. 

But, as in the parable, we must respond with acceptance to that invitation. Today, God invites you to walk with Him.  He invites you to know His life, His joy, His mercy.  To know life more abundant. Today, and each day, may we take His hand and walk with Him in grace.  

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