We now have returned after a long hiatus to our year long reading of St. Matthew's Gospel. Today's Gospel continues a theme we have heard often in June - there is no reason to be afraid. God loves us, Jesus loves us, we are of infinite worth because of that love.
Nothing, no threats, no evil tongues, no sickness, no failures, no disasters can separate us from that love. It is one thing of course to profess this faith, which we can easily do, trippingly on our lips and another thing to live that way.
In today's Gospel Jesus offers us the possibility of the joy and happiness which comes from taking his promises seriously.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Once upon a time back in the last century there was a young woman from Ireland who had lost her parents and all her family. Some kind people wrote to their relatives in America and said we have this fourteen year old orphan here who is very bright and very pretty and very hard working, We don't want her to go to the orphanage because she won't have any opportunities there to develop her talents. Would you eve consider hiring her as a servant girl. You'd have to pay her way over on the boat, but she'll work for nothing until she earns her fare. You won't go wrong with her.
So the Americans who could afford a serving girl, but never had one and weren't altogether sure what they would do with such a person talked about it and said, well, what do we have to lose. So they sent the fare for the boat and the train. And waited for the young woman to come. She sailed from Kinsale. The last she saw of Ireland were the twin spires of the church as they faded into the background.
Weeks later, sick and thin and exhausted, she arrived in the city where her master and mistress lived. They took one look at the poor child and said, Dear, we don't need a servant, but we have room for another daughter. When they brought her home the other children hugged her and said, hooray! We have another sister. With their help she grew up to go to college and university and become very successful and was a great credit to those who took her into their family.
So has God invited all of us into His family.
9 You visit the earth and water it, you
greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provid their
grain, for so you have prepared it.
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