Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of Proper 27: Year 1
Morning, Psalm 119:97 to 120; Evening, Psalm 81 and 82;
Nehemiah 7:73b to 8:3 and5 to 18; Revelation 18:21 to 24; Matt. 15:29 to 39:
“Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.” (Mathew 15: 30 and 31)
There have been many times in my own life where when something wonderful happened by someone I knew, and I gave thanks to God, not to the person or persons who performed the deed, but to God because deep inside, I felt God at work in what is being done.
This is what happened to the crowd who witnessed, that is, “experienced,” the mighty acts of God through the man called Jesus. The Risen Jesus is still performing mighty acts today. I fail to count the number of times when some small (or large miracle) occurred in my life’s problems and I utter the words, “Thank You Jesus.” Each of us should spend as much time giving thanks to God for helping us as we did asking God for intervention in our crisis. We should not take God for granted.
For me, it makes no difference when given thanks whether I say God or Jesus. I believe our Lord Jesus to be God Incarnate. God in the person of Jesus gives humanity a way to relate to God in a personal way. Being with us and dying for us is what God is doing for us. Praise God and Thank You Lord Jesus.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John