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Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:19

In an era when everything seems to have strings, the freebie God through Jesus give us is staggering, overwhelming, humbling, warming, a breath of fresh air, a lift up, a beautiful present from someone who loves us. Isaiah says much the same thing: “God is coming. He will take care of you. He will make everything better.”

 

Saturday of the First Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

 

Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

 

M atthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every  disease and every infirmity.  (36) When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (37) Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; (38) pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (10:1) And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. (6) but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel . (7) And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' (8) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.

 

Meditation by Bob Whipple (Creighton)

 

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says: “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”        

 

No cost. Free. Gratis. No deposit.

 

Think about it: what an incredible gift he is giving (and which we still receive). In an era when everything seems to have strings, the freebie God through Jesus give us is staggering, overwhelming, humbling, warming, a breath of fresh air, a lift up, a beautiful present from someone who loves us. Isaiah says much the same thing: “God is coming. He will take care of you. He will make everything better.”

 

Though there is no catch, there is an obligation: without cost, WE, too, are to give. That’s the tricky part. But it’s so easy—we can give in so many different ways, from kindness, to acknowledgement, to service, to simple love.

 

Now, I’m not one who succumbs to the easy and inaccurate assumption that the present age is worse, more evil, or more problematic than prior historical periods. More complex, yes. Worse, no. Still, when at the end of a week (or a classic Monday), I am reminded of today’s words, I am at peace. The world is still there, the papers still need grading, the knots may be no looser, but I feel God’s presence.

 

To conclude: today’s readings remind me of John Wesley’s last words:

 

“The best of all is, God is with us.”

 

Supplementary Reading

 

fAITH AND ACTIoN                          

 

'Come!' answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. – Matthew 14:29

 

 

“Sir, can you allow my baby to see the doctor ahead of the others?” requested the young mother. Our community was having our annual medical mission and I was assigned at the entrance to ensure that everyone fell in line.

 

The queue was long and, given the current pace, she would have to wait another hour before her baby could be checked. I said, “I’m sorry but I have to be fair with the others who came earlier.”

 

The mother replied, “My baby’s fever has been high for the past three days. We didn’t have enough money so I couldn’t take her to the doctor. The medical mission is our only chance.” She asked me to feel her baby’s temperature as she continued to negotiate.

 

I decided to do what was right. I got permission from everyone in the line and all agreed to let the baby see the doctor immediately so she could be given the proper medication. If the mother didn’t act, her baby’s condition could have gotten worse.

 

Faith can move mountains but action is also important. Jesus wanted Peter to join him in the water but He wouldn’t have forced him to do so. Peter had to make his own decision to go out of the boat and join Him. --- Alvin Fabella

 

REFLECTION:

 

Faith and action go hand in hand.

Lord, please give me courage so that I may do the right actions to complement my faith.

  

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GOD BLESS US ALL!
O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 
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