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Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 17:5-8
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 6:17, 20-26

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"in god we trust"

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters." —Jeremiah 17:7-8

Happiness is not trusting in human beings, even in ourselves, but trusting in the Lord (Jer 17:5, 7). Trusting in the Lord is not just a state of mind but is expressed in very practical decisions. For example, trusting in the Lord can mean choosing poverty, persecution (Lk 6:20, 22), and a radically different lifestyle of simplicity and self-sacrifice rather than of pleasure-seeking and selfishness.

Trusting in the Lord is the only reasonable thing to do but is beyond human reason. We are commanded in God's word: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; in all your ways be mindful of Him" (Prv 3:5-6). Trusting in the Lord means trusting in the Lord alone and trusting in Him at all times (Ps 62:6-9). If we don't trust Him always, we don't trust Him as He wants to be trusted.

Trusting in the Lord is a way of life or it is nothing. Jesus said: "Fear is useless; what is needed is trust" (Lk 8:50). "Commit to the Lord your way; trust in Him, and He will act. He will make justice dawn for you like the light; bright as the noonday shall be your vindication" (Ps 37:5-7).

Prayer:  Jesus, I put my trust in You.

Promise:  "Christ is now raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." —1 Cor 15:20

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Who trusted in God the Father through His crucifixion to His resurrection. Alleluia!

Reference:  (Put your trust in the Lord! Come to a Presentation Ministries retreat and listen to how the Lord will lead you. He wants us to be His disciples, and our retreats will equip you with the knowledge, increase your love, and identify your gifts so you can trust the Lord, and then go into the world and serve Him. Call 937-587-5464 or 513-373-2397 to register or for more information.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 26, 2009

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