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<< Saturday, August 7, 2004 >> Pope St. Sixtus II & Companions
St. Cajetan

 
Habakkuk 1:12—2:4
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Psalm 9 Matthew 17:14-20
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WAITING AND LONGING

 
"How long must I remain with you?" —Matthew 17:17
 

In the first reading, Habakkuk wonders how long he must wait for the Lord to answer. He sees unjust people exploiting the poor and getting away with murder. He laments: "Why doesn't God act? What's taking God so long?" (see Hab 1:13)

In the Gospel reading, Jesus also asks: "How long?" He's wondering how long He must wait for us to answer. Jesus cries: "How long must I remain with you? How long must I endure you?" (Mt 17:17)

If we think things are taking a long time, imagine how God must feel! He's been waiting for us to bring the gospel message to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). It's been two thousand years and over half the world's people still do not believe in God, much less believe in Jesus. God must be wondering: "How long, O My people?"

Jesus is waiting for us to work with Him in establishing His kingdom (see Heb 10:13). In the United States, we've been going backwards in the last forty years, not forward. Jesus must be wondering: "How long, O My people?"

"The Lord does not delay" (2 Pt 3:9), but we, His people, are masters of delay. We have all kinds of excuses for not carrying out His wishes (see Lk 14:18-20). We have wasted enough time (1 Pt 4:3). Let's spend the rest of our life living for the kingdom of God (1 Pt 4:2).

 
Prayer: Father, may I never let a day pass without helping You build up Your kingdom. "Your kingdom come!" (Mt 6:10)
Promise: "The rash man has no integrity; but the just man, because of his faith, shall live." —Hab 2:4
Praise: Pope St. Sixtus II was pope only one year before he made the ultimate sacrifice of martyrdom for his Lord.
 
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Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, January 16, 2004
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 26, 2004
 
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