Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ordinary Time: Thursday, July 16, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

We see in David and Jonathan that true friendship. We see the love they have for each other as friends, the support they offer, the defense of each other. Part of what it mean to live a life of peace and mercy is doing what is right for others. Jonathan, by helping David, assured that there was no way he'd ever be king. David would. But, as a friend, that was the right thing to do. The world tells us that it's all about us. This story reminds us, no, it's about doing onto others as we'd have them to unto us. And, in doing that, we find more life than the world could ever offer.

New Testament Lesson

One of the truths we see in scripture is that there will be challenges. Things will not always be easy when God calls us to something. But God will be with us even in the times of trials. We see Paul and Barnabas sent out. And things weren't always easy. But God was with them. He empowered them do what He called them to do. And to be who He had called them to be. He was with them. And He's with us, today.

Gospel Lesson

Jesus reminds us that people are most important. That people matter the most. He was sent to love us and to teach us to love each other. And to show us God's love for us through His life, His death, and His resurrection. He loved people first and foremost. And He calls us to as well. To love our God and to love our neighbor. And, in doing that, we find the very thing God has called us to do, and we are the very people God has called us to be.

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