Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church
Book of Genesis 21:5, 8-20a, Psalm 34:7-8, 10-13, & Matthew 8:28-34
Today’s readings are very diverse, the lessons are numerous, and some are, well, humorous. In the Book of Genesis, the first lesson is that God has a sense of humor.
I have a picture in my mind of God dropping the newborn Isaac in Abraham’s
one-hundred-year-old lap and then sitting back for a good laugh. I have always viewed children as God’s gift to us. However, these little bundles drain us emotionally, physically, and financially. Yet, when we hold them in our arms, we fall hopelessly in love with them and praise God for His gift to us. Therefore, Abraham was probably both overjoyed and overwhelmed. The second lesson is that one wife
is plenty. Already overwhelmed with a newborn, Abraham then faced squabbling wives and delivered ultimatums. An excellent argument for monogamous marriages. Lastly, God always keeps His promises. God promised Abraham that he would take care of Ishmael. Abraham, therefore, trusts God, and God delivers. A simple lesson that we can carry with us every day of our lives.
The Psalmist echoes this trust from Genesis. Which is, those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
The narrative from the Gospel of Saint Matthew is one of those where all we can do is read it and then scratch our heads. Do you recall a story that didn't end the way you expected, or when someone reacted just the opposite of how you would have anticipated? Well, this is one of those stories. Jesus comes upon two men possessed by demons. He cast the demons out of them, and they went into a herd of swine that were rushing down a steep bank into the sea and drown. Witnesses then run into town and report what has happened. The entire village came out and, when they saw Jesus, begged Him to leave. Consider re-reading the first three sentences of this paragraph. The Son of God shows up, performs a great miracle, and the people are only concerned about the herd of pigs. Are you scratching your head yet?
However, on second thought, I wonder how much we are like the townspeople? How often does the Holy Spirit “nudge” us, and we ignore Him? The pig business is just fine right now; please leave me alone. I would hope that we would be more open to God’s guidance than the townspeople in the story, yet I wonder. Today, we hope that we never close the door entirely and open our eyes to the entire picture God has presented to us.
Question of the Day: How will you be open to God’s guidance and be able to trust in His promises enough to step through the doors that He opens for you?
Prayer: “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” Psalm 34.