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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 18, A.D. 2001

Exodus 3:1-6,9-12
Psalm 103:1-4,6-7
Matthew 11:25-27

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's first reading we hear how God commissioned Moses as the emissary of the Israelites, to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let God's people go. Understandably Moses doubted his suitability for such a monumental task and questioned God saying, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh...."

God's reply is notable and one that we hear echoed many times throughout both the Old and New Testament. Namely, God promises to be with those who trust and love Him, giving them power and authority beyond their natural ability. In a similar way we hear Jesus saying in today's Gospel that what the clever and learned fail to comprehend, is understood by mere children.

What is the common thread that runs through both these situations? It is that of God's grace and the consequences of acceptance of grace. God is always ready to shower down His supernatural gifts on those who rely on Him -- who recognize their own inadequacy and His supreme and almighty power.

Let us then recognize the preeminent importance of humility (knowing as St. Teresa of Jesus said, who we are and who God is.) Then, with this clear and authentic understanding, may we approach the throne of mercy and love with great confidence knowing that God will hear and answer us -- who are so little and helpless -- who need Him so much.

"I praise thee, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou didst reveal the mysteries of the kingdom to the little ones." (see: Matthew 11:25)

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds

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