Archives for the month of: July, 2016

In the Gospel for the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray.  “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?  Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?  If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11-13)  Jesus offers no guaranty that every thing we pray for will be answered.  He urges trust in God’s continual loving care.  My wife and I have prayed for God’s help throughout our married life.  With God’s grace, we buried our parents, survived times of unemployment, and lived through other hardships.  God’s love helps us through bad times and good.  Trusting in God’s loving care, we are better able deal with life’s difficulties with love for ourselves and others?  How do you pray?

 

 

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In the Gospel for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus sends his disciples on a mission to announce the good news of reign of God.  “Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.  Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.  Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household’ ” (Luke 10: 3-4).   He warns they will encounter hardships.  Many will reject their message.   Some will threaten their lives.  Jesus promises to take loving care of them.  I feel like a lamb among wolves sometimes.  I am a faithful Christian who loves God and others.  Yet bad things still happen to me.  One sibling suffers a stroke.  Another disowns me.  So why do bad things happen to good people?  I do not know.  Yet I am confident God cares for me even though I do not know how.  How does God help you through adversity?