Readings for Monday July 6, 2009
First Reading: Genesis 28:10-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 91
Gospel: Matthew 9:18-26
Know that I am with you; I will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you." (Gen 28:15)
How many times in your life have you ever found a sure thing? In our world, this is pretty rare, in fact we are typically taking chances on everything. If you play the lottery, you only have about 1 chance in 40 million to win. If you get married, there is only a 50% chance that the marriage will not end in divorce. Even if you buy the car with the highest safety features, there is still a chance of getting into a serious accident. The truth is that there are no guarantees and not many sure things in our world; but there is one sure thing that we can always count on, and that is God.
God is always a sure thing, He never lets us down and He always keeps His promises to us. It doesn't matter who you are or what you have done in your life, God is there for you. He even assured Jacob today in the first reading, and Jacob wasn't exactly living the most honest life. God doesn't concern Himself with the odds or chances, because nothing is impossible for Him. The creator of heaven and earth can make anything happen, and can even help us in what may seem like impossible situations.
In this world of uncertainty, let us always take comfort in our one sure thing; that He is with us, and He will protect us wherever we go.
Father above, we thank you for the gift of this day. Lord, we thank you and give you praise for all that we are and all that we have. Lord, help us to never doubt and to always have faith in your love and mercy for us. Lord, you are our awesome God who is always in control, help us to have a humble heart that is surrendered to you always. Lord, we pray for all of our priests, and for all those in need of conversion We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.