Saturday, July 8, 2017

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29, Psalm 135:1-6, Matthew 9:14-17


My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me. Jn 10:27

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29, Psalm 135:1-6, Matthew 9:14-17

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29

Dear Love,

It certainly seems abominable how Rebekah cheated her older son of the special blessing that his father Isaac desired to give him. She took advantage of his blindness and his old age to deceive him and ensure that the blessing was given to her favorite son Jacob. She lacked trust in God's promises that the younger would rule the older. God did not need her deception in order to fulfill His promises to Jacob. Rebekah wronged her older son and Jacob too became party to this sinful act which would have bitter consequences for him as well as for his mother.

No matter how well-intentioned the mother was she stole what was rightfully Esau's and in doing so she wronged both her children by creating division between them. 

Sin is sin no matter and no matter how well intentioned are reasons may be it is still sin and can never be justified before You.

Psalm 135:1-6

Dear Love,

Praise is the language of the people of God. We are called to praise You in all circumstances. We are called to begin the day with praise, sustain it through the hours and when we lie on our beds at its close we are to praise You again for You are worthy.

All my words, my thoughts and my actions must witness to Your goodness and just as all that is in heaven and on earth gives You the glory, and the honor, so must I with every breath I breathe praise You and acknowledge that You are my Lord and my God and that there is no one like You.

Matthew 9:14-17

Dear Love,

You, our God, had come to earth and God now lived among His people. You lived especially close to the ones You had chosen the 12 as well as the other disciples who decided to follow. Three short years of living in communion with the Son of God made Man - this was a time of joy such as the joy known at a wedding feast.  

Those on the outside were critical of the obvious sense of celebration among those who lived with You for there was no greater happiness than this - to live in Your Presence. You wanted them to have these three short years that they would look back on and which would sustain them during the long years ahead of them after You having fulfilling Your mission returned to the place from where You had come, heaven. 

This was a hallowed time, a time of grace which would help them during the times of hardship, persecution, suffering, and all the other horrors that awaited them for being Your disciples and Your witnesses even to the ends of the earth.  The Bridegroom was indeed with them with a new message of love that did not fit in with the old one that taught an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. A message that taught that we are all brothers and sisters and children of the God and so we must love one another just as You love us.

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