Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ordinary Time: Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see in this passage the power of doing what is right, even when it might be the hard things.  Rahab could have been killed herself for hiding the spies.  But, it was the right thing to do.  Sometimes (and more often than not) what is right is not what is easy. But, in doing right, we get the greater reward.  For, when we do what is right, we have done all that we can do. The rest is up to God.  

In life, our choice is the choice between right and wrong. We can't control outcomes.  We can only control our choices.  Today, may we choose to do that which is right.  

New Testament Lesson

We see that those of us that believe are those "in grafted" branches. All the Bible is our story. As Paul tells the Galatians, we are the children of Abraham. Those that believe in faith; they are the heirs of the promise. God, through His love, has allowed us to have this great heritage of faith. As we look through Scripture, and as we look in our lives today, when we see acts of faithfulness, acts of faith, we can say, that's one of us!  Or, we can say, we are one of them!  

Today, let us rejoice in the heritage of faith that we have.  

Gospel Lesson

In the original context, a talent was a sum of money.  So instead of using that sum of money given to him, the one buried it.  Instead of stepping out in faith, he lived and reacted in fear.  Instead of serving a God (or in this case, a master) of faith, he served one of fear. 

But, the word talent is such a great word, that I want to leave you with this thought. What talents have each of us buried in the ground?  What talent have we been given by God that we are not using for His glory?  We have all been blessed with great talent.  With great gifts. With God's amazing grace. 

Are we using what He has given us for His glory?  May we not bury out talents in the ground.  

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