Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Program
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 26, Issue 5


<< Saturday, August 7, 2010 >> Pope St. Sixtus II
St. Cajetan

 
Habakkuk 1:12—2:4
View Readings
Psalm 9:8-13 Matthew 17:14-20
Similar Reflections
 

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: St. Cajetan built God's Kingdom among the sick and poor by ministering God's love.
 
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 8, 2010.
 
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 26, Issue 5
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Program
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2017 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy