Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Throughout the Old Testament there are these constant reminders for the people; remember who you are.  Remember.  Remember that God called you out of slavery, delivered you to the promised land, led you by day and by night, protected and defended you. Remember who you are.  Remember who brought you this far. 

The same is true for us today. Remember who you are.  Remember where God has brought you from.  Remember where God is taking you. Today, and always, remember who you are. You are God's child, called by His name.  Remember.  

New Testament Lesson

Paul reminds us to not judge one another. For us not to be in the judgement passing business.  A lot of folks today can't wait to judge others for their mistakes.  But, if God has shown us grace upon grace, should we not show the same grace to one another? 

But, Paul also tells us to remember that others are watching how we live. And, the way that we live should not put a stumbling block in the way for anyone else. So, in fact, we must be more critical of the way that we are living, instead of the way that others are living.  I can't control your life or your choices.  I can only control my own.  I will not judge you, but I pray for God's grace to live in a way that will not cause you to stumble. That's what Paul is saying to us today. 

May we have the grace to apply that to our lives.  

Gospel Lesson

Perhaps the hardest blows that our Lord received on the night of His crucifixion were not the physical, but the verbal. We read all that He endured on that night, it is the verbal shots that sometimes can be the most appalling. We know that He endured the cross for our sake, but to think that the King of Kings, Lord of Lords also endured the mockery of His own creation for our sake. 

May we live today a life of thanksgiving for all He endured for our sake.  

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