Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

A lot has been said to us these past few days in our readings. A lot of which has been very hard not only to read, but to contemplate about what it means to me and how I’m living my life. The readings are challenging me to look deep into my heart and ask the following questions.

Do I trust in me first or God?

Do I take pride in my successes or do I thank God for His constant guidance in all that I do which then leads me to those successes?

Do I give from my first fruits or do I make sure my needs are covered before tithing back to God?

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.

If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
we are the most pitiable people of all.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Cain said to the LORD:  “My punishment is too great to bear.
Since you have now banished me from the soil,
and I must avoid your presence
and become a restless wanderer on the earth,
anyone may kill me at sight.”

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.

In yesterday’s and today’s readings, I am challenged to either trust in myself or trust in God. Sounds like a simple choice, right? For me, it is a decision that I have to make constantly because as it was stated in our first reading this morning…sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you…but the reading goes on to tell me that I can be its master but only through God. So I constantly turn to prayer and I must continually seek the guidance of the Lord to get through each day. Both the Psalm from yesterday and again today are great prayers on how I should approach life, approach my faith and give the praise due to God.

One last simple thought about today’s Gospel. Don’t ask for miracles in order believe; believe and the miracles will be made present to you.

Do something great for our Lord today – trust in Him completely.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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