Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ordinary Time: Thursday, August 21, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see the beginning of Job's story, and it is one of the more powerful stories in all the Bible.  What is does is that is shatters the myth that if something bad has happened to you, then you've done something to deserve it. Job did nothing to deserve the tragedy that happened to him and his family.  These things didn't happen to him because he was bad, but rather because he was righteous.  

We tragedy visits our door, remember it is not because God is out to "get us."  These things often happen for reasons we can't understand. That is one of the lessons we'll learn in Job, sometimes tech best and only thing we can do at these times is to trust.  

New Testament Lesson

Believe it or not, Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world. It was Christian before many of the counties that we think of now as Christian. This happened because this one from Ethiopia came to faith in this passage. The man came to faith because Philip obeyed what he was lead to do.  The command of God might not have made much sense, but he did it anyway.  And look at the impact. 

We never know the results of following the leading of God. But, when we follow what he has led us to do, He can do amazing things.   Today, because of Philips' obedience, an entire country would come to know of Jesus.  

Gospel Lesson

Jesus urges the people to remember that feeding their soul was of greater importance that feeding their body.  Just as our bodies will grow week without food, so will our souls.  Let us take time each day to feed our soul.  Through prayer, through study, through friendship, through all these things.  May our souls be nourished by the grace of God.  

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