Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

Abigail averted disaster because she did what was right. This took courage. It took strength. But she knew that if she did not go to David and make things right, terrible things would happen to everyone. So, in spite of any doubts or fears she may have had, she did what was the right thing, and appealed to David's goodness and because of that, lives were saved.

The right thing is not always easy, but it always brings life. Sometimes we have to swallow our fear, trust the Lord is there, and do what He has called us to do. And when we do that, He will be with us. In that time of fear. We can trust in Him. And He will be our strong hand in our time of trouble.

New Testament Lesson

The love of God compelled Paul to go to place, to do things, that he didn't want to do. God loves everyone. We all agree with that, we all know that. But, if God loves everyone, then He calls on us to love everyone. Even those we don't like. Even those that don't like us. Even those that do us wrong. Even those that are not nice to anyone. We are called to love. As God loves. And God loves everyone. Regardless.

We can't do that. But, through God, we can. Today, may we know the power of God's love and mercy, that we can love everyone. Even those we don't like.

Gospel Lesson

The disciples came to Jesus and said, do you not care if we die? And He responded by calming the storm. Calming the storm on the sea, and asking them, do you not have faith? Peace. That is His gift to us. Peace. Do we have peace today? Not peace that comes from anything the world can offer. Not peace that comes from anything we can do. But, peace that comes from know that God is at work, and even in the bad times, we can trust. Today, may we know that peace of God.

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