Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

One of the things that we see a lot of in the Old Testament is the divided loyalty of the people. They worshiped God, they wanted to follow God and follow the Law, but they also had their idols on the side. They had their backup plan. They trusted God, but not enough to totally let God and allow Him to lead. 

The toughest thing to do sometimes is to come to that cliff in life and jump, knowing that God with either catch you or teach you to fly.  In the Old Testament, people struggled to do it.  In the New Testament, people struggled to do it. Today, we struggle to do it. 

So, don't despair about struggling. We all do. But, know that the true abundant life of God comes from trusting.  May, each day, we grow to trust more, and more, and more.  

New Testament Lesson

We see Simon try to buy the blessings of God with money. To this, Peter replied, it's not bought with money, its given with faith. Today, let us remember that for God is not about what we have or don't' have, what we give or don't give, we are or who we are not.  It's about faith. And, it all starts with faith.  No matter what in life, it all starts with faith.  

Gospel Lesson

With five loaves and two fish, Jesus feed the multitudes.  With just that little bit, God did a lot. Remember, we don't serve a God of scarcity, we serve a God of abundance!  We don't serve a God that is bound by our limitations, we serve a God that can exceed any limitations. We serve a God that can do anything!  If He can feed all these with that little, imagine what He can do with all of us!  

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