Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see here that through Gideon, the Lord did great things.  Today, in this passage, he looks like a great leader, a great commander, a great diplomat.  Today, he is doing all the things that are right and great. 

But, remember where the Lord found him.  Hiding on the threshing floor.  Hiding from his enemies. Afraid.  This is not a reflection on Gideon, there are times in our lives when we are all afraid. When we are all scared. When we are all worried. But, what this shows us is the power of God to overcome any fears or worries we face. 

Whatever is in our way, remember that God is bigger than that!  

New Testament Lesson

People says something amazing starting off this passage.  He reminds them that is wasn't through their own power, or piety that they made this man to walk.  It was through God's power.  It is not about "being good." Or being "pious."  It is about loving God with all that we are and loving our neighbor with all that we are. 

The mistake we make is that if we think we are "good" God will love us.  Let me let you in on a little secret.  GOD LOVES YOU ANYWAY!  That's the power of God.  He doesn't love us because we are good (or bad).  He loves us because He is God and God is love. 

Today, it wasn't about Peter and John's righteousness.  It was about God's power.  Today, you don't have to be good "enough" to make God love you.  He simply loves you.  

Gospel Lesson

We see in this passage the simple job of being a follower of Jesus.  It is to bring others to Him. Today, in our lives, may we point others to Jesus. Through our lives, our words, our actions, our love, our compassion, our forgiveness, our grace.   Through all these things may we point others to Jesus.  And in pointing others to Jesus, may that, and may we, find that abundant life. 

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