Today’s Thoughts: “Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.” This response to the Responsorial Psalm for today mass seems like a fitting place to start as we consider today’s readings. It seems that Job has struck a nerve with God, who seems to stay, “Job, do you really know what being God is all about? Have you ever stood in my shoes, even for a day?” And Job responds, “Oops, I will shut up now!”
A nerve has been struck in Jesus too; the towns that are so much a part of his life and ministry just don’t get it. They don’t recognize the presence of God in their midst. Jesus has done all kinds of great things for them and yet they are slow to respond to his message. They have had the advantage and done nothing with it.
I am always been struck when this Gospel passage comes around that the towns of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum exist no more. If you go to the Holy Land and visit the places where these towns once existed all you will find are ruins. For various reasons these town no longer have life, could it be because when they had the chance to be blessed, to celebrate the gift of God in their life, to follow along the everlasting way they missed it?
We often get focused on our own needs, thoughts, feelings, dreams and desires. In these moments at times we miss God invitation. We think we know better. We think we have it all figured out. We think we are in control, but we are not!
O God, I know I haven’t walked in your shoes. I know you have the words of everlasting life. Help us to see beyond ourselves. Guide us today and always along your everlasting way!
Have a great Friday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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