Audio Readings September 7, 2012 Friday of the 22th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 4:1-5;Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40; Luke 5:33-39

“He … will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)

Sometimes we picture a scowl­ing God, a deity who is biding his time, just waiting to pounce on us for our transgressions. But today’s first reading paints a very different picture. God the Father is indeed biding his time. But what he is really waiting for is his opportunity to praise every one of his children, no matter how many missteps we have made, no matter how flawed we may think we are.

Do you believe that your Father is searching out every trace of good­ness within you so that he can lavish praise on you? Every time you have sought to know him better, he has smiled. Every time your heart has been stirred by a breath of com­passion for another child of his, he has recognized his love at work in you and tried to increase it. Every time you have made the smallest effort at self-discipline, he has hap­pily blessed your sacrifice.

This truth about the way our Father looks at us can teach us how to treat each other. It can teach us to look for that spark of goodness God has placed in every person’s heart. Teachers of students with chal­lenging behaviors like to focus on the positive instead of the negative. They try to “catch them being good.” Similarly, we can make it a point to always have something positive to say about the people in our lives. Even if the negative far outweighs the positive, we can remember the way God looks at us, and try our best to look at each other in the same way.

Remembering how God looks at us can also help us to find peace in ourselves. Failures don’t have to derail us. Missteps don’t have to become occasions for self-con­demnation. Rather, they can be opportunities to learn how to do bet­ter. They can send us back to our Father, where we can receive his encouragement. God wants to give us his grace so that we can learn from our mistakes and keep building on the goodness he has shown us.

May the goodness and mercy of God shape all of our hearts!

“Father of mercy, thank you for the encouragement you lavish on me. Teach me to see the whole world through your eyes of love!” ~WAU

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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