Trusting and acting

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Left in the desert…

From today’s first reading, from the book of Exodus:

Pharaoh was already near when the children of Israel looked up
and saw that the Egyptians were on the march in pursuit of them.
In great fright they cried out to the LORD.
And they complained to Moses,
“Were there no burial places in Egypt
that you had to bring us out here to die in the desert?
Why did you do this to us?
Why did you bring us out of Egypt?
Did we not tell you this in Egypt, when we said,
‘Leave us alone. Let us serve the Egyptians’?
Far better for us to be the slaves of the Egyptians
than to die in the desert.”
But Moses answered the people,
“Fear not! Stand your ground,
and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today.
These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again.
The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”

As battles rages on in our political systems here in the US, and around the world, I think about how it often feels as though those in power have Continue reading


The challenge of trust

TrustsermonimageTrusting in God is easy to say and very hard to do. Most of the time I think that I am trusting in God, but most of the time I am doing anything but trust. As I have been known to say, “I begin every day saying ‘thy will be done,’ and then spend the bulk of that attempting to renegotiate that notion.” Today I was once again reminded of the futility of such attempts, and the knowledge that it is God who is in charge.

The Book of Judges sits open before me; I am really enjoying reading from it this week, thanks to the daily mass readings. During mass we are given shorter snippets from all the readings, psalms, and gospels, but I always like reading a little of the prior and subsequent chapters as well.

51kO4wV2yDL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Many bibles grace my bookshelves, but my daily go-to is The Catholic Prayer Bible, Lectio Divina Edition (from Paulist Press), which I really love. There are Continue reading