Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

One of the greatest comfort of friendship is that there is someone in life that you can trust. I know one of the things I appreciate most about my friends is the ability that I have to talk through situations with them. They can help me figure out the next step, and also tell me when they think something might not be a good idea.

We all need someone like that to talk to, and to talk through things with. Do you have someone like that? Are you someone like that? Let us never take for granted the gifts of friendship God has given us.

New Testament Lesson

One of the lessons we learn in Acts is that God is always at work. His plan is always unfolding, and He is doing more than we can know or see. Many time in Acts, things look bad for the church or for the spreading of the Gospel. But, God is doing more than the people can see with their eyes. He is at work.

The same is true in our lives. God is always at work; and always doing more in our lives than our eyes can see.

Gospel Lesson

Tax collectors were seen as the worst of the worst. They were traitors. They were bad people. They were not worthy of fellowship or of mercy. And Jesus still ate with him. And called him to follow Him. Jesus looked beyond the sin and saw the soul beneath. He knew that Matthew was not defined by that which was wrong in his life, but was defined by the grace of God working within him.

The same is true for you. You are not defined by your mistakes. You are defined and find your identity in the fact that you are a loved child of God.

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