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Thursday, 23 July 2009 02:30

My relationship with God becomes foundational to all my other relationships – with family, friends, children, spouse and even professional relationships.  Gradually, as I become more intimate with Jesus, with the Father, with the Spirit, I become more and more conscious of God’s loving desires for me and of God’s presence in all my relationships.  Gently, God reveals my own faults, shortcomings, wounds in need of healing and tendencies to inflict pain on myself or others.

Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11

 

M atthew 13:18-23  "Hear then the parable of the sower. (19) When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is  what was sown along the path. (20) As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; (21) yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately  he falls away. (22) As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. (23) As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

 

 

* Meditation by Joan Blandin Howard

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul . . . ” 

T aken as a whole, today’s readings speak not only of the law of the Lord as found in the reading from the book of Exodus, but of a variety of circumstances in which I hear and receive “the word of the Kingdom…”  Matthew says that often the word, which I may have received in joy, does not take root either because of lack of understanding or because of the environment: “worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word.”

What is there not to understand?  The commandments found in Exodus seem very clear.  However, consider that the Ten Commandments were addressed to a wandering, tribal community – not to the 21st century educated urban dweller.  This being said the salvific truths remain, but we must read with opened eyes and hearts.

“I, the Lord, am your God…You shall not have other gods besides me…I am a jealous God, inflicting punishment…but bestowing mercy to…those who love me and keep my commandments.”   There is a pleading quality to these words.  I am your God, please listen to me, take me seriously. I will not abandon you.  I desire you.

These laws, commandments, were addressed to a community attempting to separate themselves from other tribal communities.  They were the Chosen and invited to respond accordingly.  These commandments were meant to be encouragements from Yahweh – this is how one who is in a loving relationship with Yahweh would want to respond to that gratuitous relationship.  One would want to love and be faithful to one’s only God.  All, including Yahweh, recognized the garden of gods available and vying for attention.  Still today, we are aware of the garden of gods vying for attention and adoration – money, fame, success, status, drugs, sex, body image and addictions of all manner. 

We hear these same pleading sentiments – today, in the 21st century.  I am your God.  I am a jealous God.  I love you.  God longs for me.  When I am aware of being involved in an intimate and loving relationship with God, these commandments fall away.  As Matthew suggests, the temptations become more subtle as I grow in spiritual maturity.  I no longer use or need the Ten Commandments with which to examine my conscience.  As I move into deeper intimacy with the Lord, Spirit, God, the Lover – I am invited to examine my consciousness.  To examine my day, my life, my relationships, in terms of, in light of my relationship with God.  My relationship with God becomes foundational to all my other relationships – with family, friends, children, spouse and even professional relationships.  Gradually, as I become more intimate with Jesus, with the Father, with the Spirit, I become more and more conscious of God’s loving desires for me and of God’s presence in all my relationships.  Gently, God reveals my own faults, shortcomings, wounds in need of healing and tendencies to inflict pain on myself or others.

As I grow in intimacy with God, I grow in self awareness and grow in loving relationship with others.

When I am in love, not only don’t I kill, commit adultery, steal or cheat, but conversely I desire to live and breathe and have my being in Christ.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing (my) soul…”

 

 

* Supplementary Reading

Choose Your Values Carefully

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him…For in him we live and move and have our being. – Acts 17:27-28

T he faith taught to me as a child has been the primary source of my value system. I was brought up on the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. My values were infused with faith, hope and love because of my Judeo-Christian foundation. This faith has given me energy and enthusiasm in my life. It has motivated me to say yes to great ideas, to maintain an "I will not quit" attitude, and to have the courage to say no to the alluring values that come from a de-humanizing culture.

Positive spiritual passion is the power source that transforms people from selfish, greedy, arrogant, and duplicitous creatures into beautiful human beings who are unselfish, generous, caring, and compassionate.

Choose your values carefully. Pursue a positive faith that will boost and bless your values and shape you into a beautiful human being.

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What does a positive faith look like? What difference has a positive faith made in your life on a daily basis?

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 This excerpt was taken from the  "Power for Life Daily Devotional"

GOD BLESS US ALL!


PRAY
as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.


http://www.tlig.org/en/messages/

 



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