Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Genesis 21:5, 8-20, Psalm 34:7-8, 10-13, Matthew 8:28-34


The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Jas 1:18

Genesis 21:5, 8-20, Psalm 34:7-8, 10-13, Matthew 8:28-34

Genesis 21:5, 8-20

Dear Love,

We can trust You, we can trust the Father to look after us in all the circumstances of our life. Even if people plot against us You have the power to draw only good for the suffering and the persecution. All we need to do is trust You and be at peace. Poor Hagar, it was Sarah who persuaded Abraham to sleep with her and so have a child with her. She thought God needed her assistance in fulfilling His promises to Abraham, all she succeeded in doing is thwarting the will of the Father, and causing suffering to Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael.

God does not need our help to fulfill His promises unless of course He specifically invites us to collaborate with Him. God always hears the cries of the innocent as He heard the baby  Ishmael's cry. God opens our eyes to see His bounty and goodness. It is God who refreshes us and strengthens us and helps us to move on and complete the mission He has entrusted to us.

Psalm 34:7-8, 10-13

Dear Love,

You hear every sigh, every cry that is made by those that are poor, marginalized, forgotten, thrust aside and hidden from view. The sick, the disabled, the weak, those feeble in mind, body, and spirit and have little or nothing of the most basic needs to live. To these You offer hope and encouragement. You give Your assurance that though the world may have forgotten them, they are still under God's steady gaze. His ear is attuned to their voice, His hand is outstretched to grant them all that they need. The psalmist assures us that You will deny no good thing to those who are poor, hungry and have nothing. It is You who delivers us from the hands of our oppressors and we need never grow fainthearted for You are with us always.

Matthew 8:28-34

Dear Love,

An entire town came out to beg You to leave their district after they heard about the miracle You had just performed. The two men who had been possessed of demons and lived among the tombs and had thus far terrorized them were restored to perfect health. Instead of rejoicing that they were healed they were more concerned with the herd of pigs that was destroyed. 

They were focused on the things below and so they missed the opportunity to welcome God in their midst.

Before we get too judgmental about them, I am sure that we too missed many opportunities ourselves to encounter You being too preoccupied with our fears and anxieties we failed to recognize and welcome You and instead insisted that You leave because we were unaware that God Himself had come to us.

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