Prayer & Readings – I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you; no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Dear Lord God, let Your words lift me up today and let Your hand guide and bless me as I grow closer to You and those opportunities You have placed in my path, I know that the road is narrow and shoulders are soft and the drop is steep, so the fall is hard and long if I drift too far to the right or lift.  Therefore I ask that You grant me the faith of Abraham, the hope of Moses, and the heart of Joseph and David; a heart that is after You heart above all else no matter what the consequences and risks, and let the first fruits of my labor be alms to You. O Lord as David the Palmist proclaims; even sin cannot destroy Your mercy, for You are our eternal God and You are well aware of our human fragility. But it is us who suffer most as this fragility is revealed to us as we fall deeper in love with You and through that love grow to know You, and in that process become aware of ourselves. As the 4th Lateran Council states all of Your creations are created good and become evil by their own doing.  Is it at this moment of revelation that we begin to fall into evil off the narrow path, or do the soft shoulders frighten us because of our lack of faith, hope and love causing us to walk over cautiously with no forward movement, or do crosses we bear get to us weighting us down, making us think the road is too hard and long, even unfair, causing us to seek an easier and quicker paths to the desires and wants under the sun, even those things we have conditioned ourselves to think we need. Well Lord I now know, thanks to the Sacred heart of Jesus that You are all I need in my life, and that You through Jesus and in the Holy Spirit accompany me every step of the way, through all the days of light and nights of darkness, through the valleys and declines as well as on the hill tops and inclines. Show me how and help me to stay in step with You, not getting to far ahead or falling to far behind, Give me the faith, hope and love to stay focused on now, the step I am taking, and only that step. Mindful of all I need to do, but with discerning and a tentative hear and eye on Your presence. This is what I need, this is what I ask and pray today Lord, in Jesus name I ask that You continue to bless me indeed and enlarge my territory and that You keep me from evil and from causing pain., in Jesus name, Amen.

 

The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.

— Lateran Council IV

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12

1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Mid’ian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, "I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt." 4 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here am I." 5 Then he said, "Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." 6 And he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt." 11 But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" 12 He said, "But I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain."

Bible Study: [1] The mountain of God: probably given this designation because of the divine apparitions which took place there, such as on this occasion and when the Israelites were there after the departure from Egypt. [2] An angel of the LORD: the visual form under which God appeared and spoke to men is referred to indifferently in some Old Testament texts either as God’s angel or as God himself. Cf Genesis 16:7, 13; Exodus 14:19, 24, 25; Numbers 22:22-35; Jdgs 6,11-18. [6] The appearance of God caused fear of death, since it was believed that no one could see God and live; cf Genesis 32:30. The God of Abraham . . . Jacob: cited by Christ in proof of the resurrection since the patriarchs, long dead, live on in God who is the God of the living. Cf Matthew 22:32; Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37. [11] Who am I: besides naturally shrinking from such a tremendous undertaking, Moses realized that, as a fugitive from Pharaoh, he could hardly hope to carry out a mission to him. Perhaps he also recalled that on one occasion even his own kinsmen questioned his authority. Cf Exodus 2:14.


Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 6 The LORD works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.

Bible Study: [Psalm 103] Of David – The speaker in this hymn begins by praising God for personal benefits (Psalm 103:1-5), then moves on to God’s mercy toward all the people (Psalm 103:6-18). Even sin cannot destroy that mercy (Psalm 103:11-13), for the eternal God is well aware of the people’s human fragility (Psalm 103:14-18). The psalmist invites the heavenly beings to join in praise (Psalm 103:19-22).


Matthew 11:25-27

25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; 26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. 27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Bible Study: [25-27] This Q saying, identical with Luke 10:21-22 except for minor variations, introduces a joyous note into this section, so dominated by the theme of unbelief. While the wise and the learned, the scribes and Pharisees, have rejected Jesus’ preaching and the significance of his mighty deeds, the childlike have accepted them. Acceptance depends upon the Father’s revelation, but this is granted to those who are open to receive it and refused to the arrogant. Jesus can speak of all mysteries because he is the Son and there is perfect reciprocity of knowledge between him and the Father; what has been handed over to him is revealed only to those whom he wishes.

 

 

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