Have you ever had “one of those days”? You know what I’m talking about, where everything is going along smoothly, just like you’ve got planned out for the day and then one little “something” happens and it throws your entire day off. That was yesterday.
I was moving along rather well in accomplishing my tasks for the day when I looked at my email inbox and saw that I had been sent a ticket to the Blues game for tonight. In this day and age, you don’t get a “ticket” per say, you get a link that takes you to a website where you can download the ticket sent to you, which sends you to another website that confirms you downloaded the virtual ticket to the game. Not done yet. Now you have to go to another website to access the virtual ticket which you can them move into your virtual wallet so when you get to game, you can open your virtual wallet, show the “ticket” taker your virtual ticket so they can scan the bar code. Like I said simple enough…for my 7 year old grandson. Holy Cow. Everything went fine until it came time to relocate the ticket from the Ticketmaster website to my virtual apple wallet. 30 minutes later, 2 fresh holes in my office wall and now behind schedule, I gave up. Called the vendor who “gave” me the ticket and told him he could have it back. Thanks be to God, he came over to my office later in the afternoon and helped me get the ticket into it’s safe haven known as my apple wallet. We will see if I get into the game later tonight.
Great story, right. How the hell can I tie this into Today’s Readings? Ahh, but I can. I’ve come to think that yesterday’s experience was a small test from God to see how well I would “persevere” with a small struggle (after I implored all of you to do the same in yesterday’s post). Needless to say, I need to work on perseverance in my life. But how? God always provides the answer, we just need to listen more closely. I believe the answer comes in tomorrow’s first reading and Psalm (15). (Editor’s Note: Since I can’t blog on Wednesday and Thursday, today’s post will cover the readings for the 18th and 19th; Friday’s post will cover the 20th and 21st.)…
Know this, my dear brothers and sisters:
everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger
for anger does not accomplish
the righteousness of God…But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres,
and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts;
such a one shall be blessed in what he does.
1aA psalm of David.
LORD, who may abide in your tent?*
Who may dwell on your holy mountain?*
2 Whoever walks without blame,b
doing what is right,
speaking truth from the heart;
3 Who does not slander with his tongue,
does no harm to a friend,
never defames a neighbor;
4 Who disdains the wicked,
but honors those who fear the LORD;
Who keeps an oath despite the cost,
5 Lends no money at interest,*
accepts no bribe against the innocent.c
After the fifth verse, the following statement can be found…
Whoever acts like this shall never be shaken.
Again, the theme of this week, the theme of life, is follow the Lord, honor the Lord, walk in the ways of the Lord and do what is just and don’t let the Ticketmaster’s of the world cause you to stress out.
Do something great for our Lord today – Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers and sisters: all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. (from the conclusion of today’s first reading)
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.