Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 5, A.D. 2001

Genesis 22:1-19
Psalm 115:1-6,8-9
Matthew 9:1-8


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today we read of the most beautiful account of faith as Abraham is called by God to sacrifice his only son Isaac. I thought of the kind of faith it took, to take the son he and Sarah had waited so long for, up to the mountain to be offered to God. Imagine the thoughts of this father as he pondered what he was called to do. I also thought of how I would have reacted had I been called to take my son or daughter to the altar of sacrifice. Frankly, I might have run the other way.

No wonder we call Abraham the Father of Faith! He believed in Yahweh with his whole being and knew that his God could even overcome death! The key word here and in our Gospel reading is FAITH! When Jesus saw the faith of the people carrying the paralyzed man, He not only forgave him his sins but commanded him to stand up, roll up his mat and go home! All those present, praised God for giving such authority to men.

Who are these men? Who are these women? These men and women are you and me. By virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation, God has given us power to be healers of one another. Release one another from bondage just by saying the words "I'm sorry", or "Please forgive me." Be a listener, a consoler and most of all a lover like our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, increase our faith so that there is never room for doubt
that you are working on our behalf. Teach us your ways O God,
never let us be parted From you! Amen!

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)
(Diocese of Rockville Centre)

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