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WE MUST NEVER TAKE GOD FOR GRANTED

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Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Jer. 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 & Mt. 13:1-17

Both of today's readings, I find, are very sad. God and His Son Jesus have done so much for us and we do not return the love and adoration He is due.

It is a rare marriage indeed which does not begin with great promises of fidelity and undying love. The real test of love comes over the long haul of day in and day out living. God spoke through His prophet, Jeremiah, to His people about their relationship of love, "I remember the affection of your youth, the love of your bridal days." It was a great beginning when, at the time of the exodus from Egypt, God shaped a formless, enslaved humanity into His own people, whom He united to Himself in a spiritual marriage,

The honeymoon did not last for long. After the chosen people entered their home, the Promised Land, they began to drift away from God and turned to pagan gods. It was like an act of adultery. When we see the marriage of friends break up because of infidelity, we are dismayed. God called upon the heavens to witness the infidelity of His people, "You heaven stand aghast at this, stand stupefied, stand utterly appalled."

Through Jesus we have entered into a union with God even more intimate than that of the chosen people. It too is like a marriage. Some people say that a marriage begins to break up the moment two people start to take each other for granted. We must never take for granted the new covenant of love, the new marriage, between God and ourselves. That is what Jesus meant when He said, "I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it to hear what you hear, and never heard it.” How blest we are in the union with God which is ours through Jesus Christ, a union which the prophets and kings of the Old Testament never had!

Lord Jesus, we thank You for all You have done for us, becoming man, dying on a cross to save us from our sins and leaving Yourself with us in the Holy Eucharist. May we never take all this for granted.

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