The Word of God

Don’t Walk, Run!

Reflection on Mass Reading for July 7, 2019

“Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.” Have you ever walked into a room and automatically felt that something was terribly wrong? And by “terribly wrong,” we mean an atmosphere or attitude that is so negative and critical that you just can’t get away from there fast enough. In fact, the departure is so quick and determined that you leave a trial of dust behind. The Lord Jesus knows exactly the kind of world we occupy. It is full of negative and sinful postures that seek to choke and stifle the beautiful Gospel message. He also knows that we can trust Him with every good gift and wise choice. This is why we are forewarned and thus forearmed: any belligerent or hyper-critical encounter over the Gospel must end with an encounter with the closest door and move to the next page that God has already written and waiting for us.

“When you see this, your heart shall rejoice and your bodies flourish like the grass;  the LORD’s power shall be known to his servants.” Following the Lord Jesus must have obvious effects in our lives and help us see things in an entirely different manner. When everything is compared to the source of our salvation and our redemption, our problems and worries begin to shrink and fast! “From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.” Jesus makes all things new again.

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”  Winston Churchill

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