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
Would you ever consider hiring her as a servant girl. Youd have to pay her way over on the boat, but shell work for nothing until she earns her fare. You wont go wrong with her. So the Americans who could afford a serving girl, but never had one and werent altogether sure what they would do with such a person, talked about it and said, well, what do we have to lose.
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
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 dont 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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