Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ordinary Time: Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

The Lord had Gideon take a smaller group into battle because He wanted it made clear to everyone that He was the one that one the victory.  It was not Gideon's cunning battle plan.  It was not the strength and might of the soldiers.  It was nothing that they did.  It was what God did. 

Today, let us remember that in our lives, it is God that gives us the strength to do the impossible.  No war planner would look at Gideon's plan and say that it was even possible to do the things that he did. But, with God, all things are possible. 

No matter how big the battle may look you have ahead of you, remember.  It is God that gives you the strength.  If He can do this with Gideon, He can do it with us too!  

New Testament Lesson

We see Peter and John share the one thing that is most important today.  They share the love of God. They share the love of Jesus. Today, of all the things that we can share, this is the greatest. It cost us nothing.  Only a kind word,  A simple prayer.  A smile.  A forgiving look.  These are the things that we can do each day to heal all those around us.  It is not the complicated things that matter, it is the simple acts of kindness and love done each day through God's grace that matter. 

Today, through our lives, may we share the love of God with all that we meet. 

Gospel Lesson

John was doing what he was called to do. He was not the messiah, he was making things ready for the coming of the messiah.  He was simply doing what God had called him to do, and trusting God to take care of the rest. 

In life, the things we are called to do are like John's. They aren't always the most glorious. They don't always get the attention. But, when they are do for His glory and His sake, He takes care of the rest.  Today, no matter what you are called to do, do it for His glory and for His sake!  And He'll take care of the rest!

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