Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Our God is a God of action. He does not hang around waiting for everyone else to do the right thing. He gets involved with the lives of His people. God called Abraham from somewhere in the middle of modern day Iraq to leave everything and move to modern day Israel and Palestine. God shows from the beginning that He will intervene in the lives of His servants to bring them to the place, physically and spiritually, that He wants them to be. We can refuse His call, but this is not recommended.
5 He took him outside and said: ?Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,? he added, ?shall your descendants be.? 6 Abraham put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. 7 He then said to him, ?I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.? 8 ?O LORD God,? he asked, ?How am I to know that I shall possess it?? 9 He answered him, ?Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat, a three-yearold ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.? 10 He brought him all these, split them in two, and placed each half opposite the other; but the birds he did not cut up. 11 Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses, but Abraham stayed with them. 12 As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abraham, and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him. 17 When the sun had set and it was dark, there appeared a smoking brazier and a flaming torch, which passed between those pieces. 18 It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abraham, saying: ?To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River [the Euphrates].
P S A L M
Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
R: The Lord is my light and my salvation.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life?s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? (R) 7 Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call; have pity on me, and answer me. 8 Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks. (R) Your presence, O LORD, I seek. 9 Hide not your face from me; do not in anger repel your servant. You are my helper: cast me not off. (R) 13 I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. (R)
St. Paul assures us that our homeland is in heaven. This means that we are forever on a journey to get to that place. Our lives are not stationary realities, going nowhere, but dynamic examples and witnesses to the power of the grace of God to take us to another place with Him as our guide. Our lives are an adventure, a journey whereby we will be taught the ways of faith and trust in God through many and varied circumstances. The question we need to constantly ask ourselves is, ?Are we attentive to all of the lessons that the Spirit of God is teaching us??
17 Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. 18 For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their ?shame.? Their minds are occupied with earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. 4: 1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the LORD, beloved.
G O S P E L
The experiences of the apostles as related to us in the New Testament, and the Gospels in particular have a certain uniqueness to them as they experience relating to Jesus in the flesh so to speak. Today, our experience of the presence of God is somewhat different yet no less potentially powerful. If we open our lives to the grace of God He can and will move in us with the same power He transformed the lives of the apostles. Do you believe this? If not, then no wonder that you struggle to experience the power of God at work in your life! Let us all pray for the grace to believe that this is His desire.
28 Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. 29 While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, ?Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.? But he did not know what he was saying. 34 While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ?This is my chosen Son; listen to him.? 36 After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
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