Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ordinary Time: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Haman was so consumed by hate that he could see nothing else.  Hatred and unforgiveness are powerful things that will rob us of so much. They will steal our joy, harden our heart, and even take our faith.  Forgiveness, through hard, is an essential for a Christian.  For, it is only when we forgive that we can receive the freedom that God wants us to have. That's the amazing thing about forgiveness.  It's as much about the one that forgives as it is about the one that is forgiven.  

Today, may we be forgiving and loving people.  

New Testament Lesson

Apollos went on to do great things for God.  But, only because Priscilla and Aquila took him under their wing. Because of their love and support, he was able to be strengthened and understand the fullness of what God had called him to.  Sometimes we need someone to love us when we are struggling.  Sometimes we are called to love others whenever they are struggling.  Sometimes we are Apollos.  Sometimes we are Priscilla and Aquila.  

Gospel Lesson

John pointed the way to Jesus. What a wonderful example, and a high calling.  In our lives, that is what we are called to do. We are called to point the way to Jesus. With our lives, our words, and all that we are, may we point to him in each day.  

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