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Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Mt 6:19-23

The lessons for today are appropriate for people who experience distress and anxiety.  At some points in our lives, all of us have fears and call out to God for rescue.  But we usually don't do so from the perspective of first acknowledging that our anxieties are often due to our lack of trust and our inability to honestly confront our weaknesses and our daily need for God to reveal God's light in the midst of our lives.

St. Paul says we should boast of the the things that show our weakness.  That is not something that is easy for most of us to do.  But it is our weakness, not our strength, that draws us to God.  And if we acknowledge how God works through our lives in times of weakness, not in times of strength, others are more likely to be drawn to God.

The Psalmist says that the Lord hears the call of the poor and lowly and rescues the just.  But who are the just?  Shouldn't we all blush with shame for something?  From my experience, and the perspective of my faith, it is a matter of the openness of our hearts, not the record of our deeds, that makes us just before God.

The good news for us today is that no matter what we must confess that we have done or undone, no matter how weak is our flesh and our willingness to sin, we shouldn't lose sleep over our condition.  If we call on the Lord with hearts full of praise, God will rescue us and fill our hearts with light.  With this light, we will be delivered of our fears.

By B. Dilly

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