Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ordinary Time: Thursday, July 23, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

We see Saul consult a medium. Even though it was wrong. Even though he had banned them. Even though he knew it was something he shouldn't do. Why? Fear.

Fear is a bad thing. It makes do things that we normally wouldn't do. It makes us behave in ways that we normally wouldn't behave. It makes us do thing that we don't agree with, that we think are wrong. Fear can eat away at us, at who we are, at what we believe.

Perhaps that is why, over and over again, the scriptures tell us do not be afraid. Do not fear. God is with you. You have nothing to fear. Of all the things that should drive us, fear shouldn't be one. Do not fear. Do not be afraid. God is with you.

New Testament Lesson

This was a key moment in the history of the church. What would happen? Would the Gentile Christians have to become Jewish as well? Or would faith in Christ be enough. Peter answers the question. Its through faith. We are saved by grace through faith, lest no one can boast. We are not saved by anything we do, anything we can join, any ritual we performed. We are saved by faith. That's it. That's the list. That's where it all starts. Faith.

Gospel Lesson

The man that was healed, he said he wanted to go and follow Jesus. He wanted to go and do great things. His heart was so thankful and so full of joy he wanted to do this great thing. But, Jesus had something else for him. Something even harder. Instead of going off and being a witness for Him, this man was to stay home and be a witness for him. He was to tell his friends and his neighbors of the great things Jesus had done.

We aren't always called to go off and do good. Most often we are called to stay where we are, and do good. What good can you do today where you are? What good can you do in your job? In your family? In your friends? Today, what good can we each do for Jesus where we are?

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