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GOD LOVES US AND NEVER BEARS A GRUDGE

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Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Is. 6:1-8 & Mt. 10:24

Isaiah had a vision of Yahweh, seated on a glorious throne and surrounded by seraphs who cried out, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, His glory fills the whole earth." Overawed by the majesty of God's presence, he became aware of his own unworthiness and the unworthiness of all Israel. Then God did for Isaiah what He longs to do for everyone. He purified him saying, "Your sin is taken away, your iniquity is purged." When the Lord asked, "Whom shall I send?" Isaiah now purified, was able to reply, "Here am I; send me". Isaiah was so influenced by this vision and by his experience of the Lord's forgiveness that he spent the rest of his life prophesying and preaching to his people.

What God did for Isaiah He wants to do for all of us so that He can pursue His will in our lives. In every land He seeks servants who will say, "Here am I! Send me." He mourns over the state of the world's affairs and longs to gather us back to Himself and to use us to bring about His purposes.

Like, Isaiah, we too are unworthy and unfit to carry our God’s will. On our own, we can’t even stand in His presence! Yet, through the blood of His Son, He invites us to draw near to Him so that we can take His love to the world. Let us seek God, repent of our sins, and ask Him how He wants to use us.

Today's Gospel has a lot of encouraging thoughts for those of us who want to be Jesus' disciples. The one I would like to focus on is the sparrows that fall to the ground. Jesus said that God was aware of everything that happens even to sparrows and we are more valuable … so valuable that God sent His only Son to die for us and, because Christ places such value on us, we need never fear personal threats nor difficult trails. This does not mean that God will take away all our troubles. Christ's followers will always have to face hardships and troubles. The real test of our trusting in God is how well we hold up under the wear, tear and abuse of everyday life. Personal trials cannot shake God's love or dislodge His Spirit from us.

Lord Jesus, two things are required, on our part. Firstly, we must be aware of God's care and love for us. Secondly, we must empty ourselves of all dependence on our resources and put all our trust in God. Once we make that our strategy in life we have nothing to fear.

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