Saturday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feasts: Saint Hedwig—(1174-+1243)Religious, Patron Saint of Silesia; and
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque—(1647-+1690) Virgin, Mystic, Disciple of the Sacred Heart, Patron Saint of those afflicted with Polio, Devotees of the Sacred Heart, & Loss of Parents
Romans 4:13, 16-18, Psalm 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43, & Luke 12:8-12
Even to Sarah, his wife, it must have seemed odd that Abraham (Psalm 105) continued to hope. Who could expect this elderly couple might give birth to a great nation? A person of lesser faith in God would call this hope "ridiculous." When a situation seems humanly hopeless, we can take hope from the story of Abraham and Sarah.
Saint Paul invites us to look to Abraham and Sarah so that the Lord may turn our barren existence into a fruitful future. Abraham himself never witnessed how marvelous the promised land would be. His only son Isaac was the channel of hope towards the future. His faith reached beyond his death to a people yet to come. For this reason, Jesus appeals to the example of Abraham for belief in the resurrection.
Believers in Jesus must not say a word against the Holy Spirit, who is God's inspiring presence with, and within us. Jesus promises us that the Spirit will teach us what needs to be said in any moment of crisis. Amen to that!
Question of the Day: How will you turn to Jesus in your hour of need?
Prayer: "The Lord remembers His covenant forever. Amen."