Readings for Wednesday August 26, 2009
First Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 139
Gospel: Matthew 23:27-32
And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe. (1 Thess. 2:13)
In his letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul addresses the people by telling them of the example him and the others gave to the people there. He makes it clear that the word that they received was not from men, but rather the word of God. He reveals to them that this word is already at work in the ones who believe, and for their great thanks to God.
The word of God can also be at work in each of us, if we are willing to have faith and believe. If we are willing to believe in our heavenly Father who knows what is best for us and who's will is perfect. His word can be at work in us who believe in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the only son of God. His word can be at work in us if we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life who wishes to give us great gifts and blessings from God. If we are truly to allow God to work in us, then we must know who He is and recognize and surrender to His will.
The fact is that God wants to work in each of us, but sadly many of us are just not willing to let Him in. Brothers and sisters, we must open our hearts and minds to the Lord, to let Him in and to allow His great works to be performed through us. We must also pray for all those who are closed off to the Lord and in need of conversion, so that He may work through them as well.
Let us also not forget to give thanks to God unceasingly!
Father above, we give thanks and praise for the gift of this day. Lord, help to increase out faith so that we may always believe and trust in you without hesitation. Lord, we pray for all of us to have open hearts to your love and mercy. We pray for all those in need of conversion. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.