12th August, 2015: Wednesday 19th week in Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 34:1-12.
Psalm 66:1-3a, 5, 8, 16-17. Blest be God, who gave life to my soul.
Matthew 18: 15-20
I am struck by the description of Moses in the first reading today. ‘… There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face …’ Moses must have been an exceptional person to receive such rare applause. I wonder how he got that far in his relationship with God, and while I wonder about it, I understand that God has given everyone of us equal opportunity in our relationship with him. The same grace given to Moses has been given to me, and that same grace has been given to you. While Moses used his at the maximum, it is yet to be seen how I will use mine and how you will use yours. The saints we celebrate, the great people we bear their names are leading examples, and should be models in our lives. We are to stop at nothing in our service to God. Our lives are to be lived in praise of Him, and that is why the response to our Psalm today says ‘Blest be God, who gave life to my soul’.
May the Lord bless His word in our hearts.
Rev. Fr. Konav Joseph
Sacred Heart Cathedral Warri


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