Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Ezekiel 2:8-3:4; Ps 119 How sweet to my taste is your promise; Matt 18:1-14

Many of us have a favorite food.  Perhaps it is fried chicken or potatoes and gravy or enchilada casserole or whatever.

Many folks have what they call "comfort" food.  This is food that picks them up when they are down.  For me, Chicken Noodle Soup has always been comforting, especially the way momma makes it.

Of course, anything from my mother's kitchen is quite spectacular.

We also have favorite drinks.  Things that really quench our palate in times of thrust.  I love happy hour at Sonic.

But of all the things that get us going and quenches our thirst or hunger, when is the last time we allowed the promise of God to do the thirst quenching in our life.  The psalmist invites us to do just that, "how sweet to my taste is your promise."

Our taste buds have never experience such delight like the promise of God.   I think too often in life we lose sight of the thirst quenching reality of God's promise as the anchor in our life that keeps us steady in the presence of storms and chaos.

Today take a big bite out of God's promise and have a second helping while you are at it. Jesus is the one who fully illustrates that promise, puts flesh on it.  He says he will be with us always.  And in deed, in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and confession, God's abiding presence is fully present to us.

Lastly, Jesus invites us to become like little children in order to enter the kingdom.

The hallmark of a child is receptivity.  Children are receptive to life.  They take it as it comes and they flow with it.  As grown up, we try to control too much too often.  Today practice being receptive.

Pray for the gift to open wide to receive.

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