Thursday, July 29, 2010

God's Message For You Today, July 29, 2010



Memorial of St. Martha, disciple of the Lord

work in progress

Can I not do to you, house of Israel, as this potter has done? says
the Lord. Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in
my hand, house of Israel. – Jeremiah 18:6

“Lord, I am unworthy of Your love! I am a sinful person!” A newly
baptized sister in our community cried profusely as we prayed for her.
We whispered in her ears that our God is a merciful God. He knows all
our faults and weaknesses and forgives us when we repent. He gives us
the grace to stay away from sin if we ask for it.
I have encountered people who feel unworthy of joining renewal
communities because they think they have committed the worst sins in
their lives. But we are all unworthy; it is God who, in His infinite
kindness and love, makes us worthy to receive His gifts. What is
needed is for us to repent of all our sins.
We are all “works in progress” in God’s hands. Just like the clay in
the potter’s hands, whenever we do not turn out to be what He wants us
to be, He continues working on us and molding us. What is needed is
for us to yield to God’s leading and to pray for delivery from the
bondage of sin and wrongdoing. Bay Cabrera (

Do we seek God’s mercy whenever we are tempted to fall into sin?

Lord, grant me the grace to surrender myself to Your molding.

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The epistle of love, as it is sometimes called, exhorts us to love as
Christ has first loved us. Jesus did not wait for us to become good
before He loved us, nor did He wait until we sinned no more. He died
while we were sinners to prove that His love for us was of the highest
kind possible — unconditional. Let us pray for the grace to love one
another in the same way.

1 John 4:7-16 (or Jeremiah 18:1-6)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone
who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 8 Whoever is without love
does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this way the love of God was
revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might
have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. 11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. 12 No one
has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and
his love is brought to perfection in us. 13 This is how we know that
we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. 14
Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as
savior of the world. 15 Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of
God, God remains in him and he in God. 16 We have come to know and to
believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains
in love remains in God and God in him.


Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 (or Psalm 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab)
R: I will bless the Lord at all times.
1 [2] I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in
my mouth. 2 [3] Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me
and be glad. (R) 3 [4] Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol
his name. 4 [5] I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me
from all my fears. (R) 5 [6] Look to him that you may be radiant with
joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 6 [7] When the afflicted
man called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved
him. (R) 7 [8] The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear
him, and delivers them. 8 [9] Taste and see how good the LORD is;
happy the man who takes refuge in him. (R) 9 [10] Fear the LORD, you
his holy ones, for nought is lacking to those who fear him. 10 [11]
The great grow poor and hungry; but those who seek the LORD want for
no good thing. (R)


Martha has great faith. How does yours compare with hers? So often our
faith is lacking. This should not lead us to despair, as that is a
sin. Rather it should inspire us to pray for a deeper and stronger
faith. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit that we need to earnestly
desire and seek. If we do not ask for it, we probably won’t get it.

John 11:19-27 (or Matthew 13:47-53 or Luke 10:38-42)
19 And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them
about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she
went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 [But]
even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” 23
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” 24 Martha said to him, “I
know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus told
her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even
if he dies, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me
will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the
one who is coming into the world.”

my reflections
t h in k : Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit that we need to
earnestly desire and seek.

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________

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Jesus arrives only to find that Lazarus has already died. Martha then
makes an interesting comment when she speaks to Jesus saying that she
does not believe he would have died if Jesus had come earlier. She
does not seem to be accusing Jesus of anything, just recognizing that
His presence would have made a difference for Lazarus. We see a latent
faith in the resurrection that Jesus draws out and makes explicit. He
then calls out to Lazarus and raises him from the dead!
Jesus is not just all about words and pious platitudes — He has the
power to transform a situation in ways that no man before Him has ever
demonstrated. It is a miracle such as this one that gives credence to
the claim that Jesus was raised from the dead by the Father. If Jesus
can raise Lazarus from the dead, then it takes only a simple step to
believe that God the Father has the power to do the same for His Son,
It is important that we reflect upon the hope of the resurrection as
it is this belief that sets Christianity apart from other religions.
It is an extraordinary belief to put one’s life under its promise. Yet
this is what our faith demands of us: belief in the impossible and
trust in that which seems highly improbable. Perhaps it is not such a
strange thing to demand when we consider that 99 percent of those who
use computers would find it impossible to explain how it works. Yet we
are quite willing to entrust our lives to computers in many different
ways. With God, at least it is possible to have a relationship; with
the computer, this is definitely not the case.
Martha expresses her belief in the resurrection and Jesus tells her
that it is through Him, Who is the resurrection and the life, that she
will experience the resurrection. This is both now, in the life of
Lazarus, and later when she passes from this life. Fr. Steve Tynan,

Reflection Question:
How does my belief in the resurrection from the dead govern the way I
make choices and live my life?

Father, thank You for the promise of the resurrection. Help me to be
so inspired by this promise that I will never hesitate to be obedient
to all You ask of me.

St. Seraphina, pray for us.

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