< <  

Monday, July 8, 2019

  > >
Genesis 28:10-22
Psalm 91:1-4, 14-15
Matthew 9:18-26

View Readings
Similar Reflections

god's merciful timing

"When the crowd had been put out He entered and took her by the hand, and the little girl got up." —Matthew 9:25

The Lord hears the cry of the poor. In His mercy, "the Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit He saves" (Ps 34:19). When Jairus was crushed by the news of the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, Jesus raised her from the dead (Mt 9:25) and turned Jairus' greatest sorrow into his greatest joy (see Ps 30:6). When a woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years had reached "the end of her rope," she touched the tassel of Jesus' cloak and received God's healing and mercy instantly (see Mt 9:20ff).

Jacob's brother was so angry with him that he planned to kill him (Gn 27:41) so Jacob had to get out of town. While fleeing on the road, the Lord in His mercy gave Jacob a glorious dream promising him great things (Gn 28:12ff). When life seems the worst, the Lord reveals the best. The Lord gives special mercy to the most broken and rejected people.

Let us be merciful as Jesus is merciful (Lk 6:36). May we have mercy on all, especially to those who are going through a time when they are given little or no mercy.

Prayer:  Father, may I love those considered unlovable.

Promise:  "How awesome is this shrine! This is nothing else but an abode of God, and that is the gateway to heaven!" —Gn 28:17

Praise:  Patrick was unjustly sent to prison, but found Christ there.

Reference:  (Plan to spend time this summer getting closer to the Lord. Whether it is with the family or on your own, we have room for you at our beautiful Retreat Center in Adams County, Ohio. Check out our website www.presentationministries.com or call 513-373-2397.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 24, 2018

The Nihil Obstat ("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 Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.