God’s Faithfulness

A God Who Keeps His Promises – Second Meditation of Advent

A God Who Keeps His Promises – Second Meditation of Advent

During those 600 years of waiting, the cry of every faithful Israelite must have been, “How Long, O Lord, How Long?” But no matter how great the darkness, no matter how impossible the situation seemed, God did not fail in his promises. To the contrary he fulfilled them more abundantly than they could have ever imagined. He fulfilled them in Christ.

As you look to the Christ child this Christmas, see there not simply a babe in a manger, but the supreme and earth-shattering evidence of a God who does not fail in his word, even when we fail him. For he is the God is the God of Love, the God who keeps His promises.

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The Power of Yes – First Meditation of Advent

The Power of Yes – First Meditation of Advent

Mary was confident that, although this call on her life would cost her everything, it would not be at her expense…No, she was central to the purposes of that call because by it, she, too, would not only be saved but also honored. “All generations will call me blessed” she says, in confidence that the fulfillment of God’s call rested not on the whims of man but in His faithfulness, for His plans are not to harm his faithful ones, but to prosper them and give them a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Wherever He has called you, wherever He is asking you to serve Him right here and now, however great the sacrifice to your dreams or even your life know this:…You are not simply His instrument, but His beloved child whom He delights to use not only for his glory, but for your good.

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Transforming Prayer – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Transforming Prayer – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Soren Kierkegaard said, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” I would add that it also changes our experience of who God is. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The same God who did not fail us on the cross will not fail us in the whole of our lives. But this does not mean that he will always answer us when and how we expect him to. Often times he does not—not because he is failing us, but because he is forming us and even healing us.

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Fullness of Faith – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Fullness of Faith – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

…faith is not about being certain that God will act in certain ways, though it may sometimes entail this. Nor is it primarily about the determination to persevere in hope in the face of trials, though this is how we are called to express our faith. Rather, faith is fundamentally about surrendering the whole of our lives in humility and awe at who God is, and in gratitude and adoration for all that he has done to reveal to us his unfailing love—at the cross, but also specifically in our lives. True faith is not just a determination of the mind, but also an attitude of the heart that orients itself in worship of the One from whose love we can never be separated (Rom 8:38-39), who works all things for the good of those who love him (Rom 8:28) and who is, indeed, just.

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“That He Might Lead You To God…” – Meditation of the Studies in 1Peter

“That He Might Lead You To God…” – Meditation of the Studies in 1Peter

Clearly this is what is asked of us in baptism, a wholehearted “Yes” to the question, “Will you live for him who died for you?” It is a pledge we can renew each time we enter church, dip our fingers in the baptismal waters, and make the sign of the Cross. It is a pledge we can renew every morning as we rise from bed and every night when we retire. Isn’t today is the perfect time to make the intentional renewal of your commitment to follow and obey Jesus, the renewal of your baptismal pledge, a regular practice of your daily life? Be assured that as you draw close to Him, He will draw close to you.

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What’s in a Name? – Studies in Luke 1:57-80

What’s in a Name? – Studies in Luke 1:57-80

There is a reality that goes deeper than every circumstance we face and every situation in which we find ourselves. It is the reality found in Zechariah and Elizabeth’s names, and evoked over and over again in Mary and Zechariah’s songs of praise: that God is good and faithful and he loves us with a steadfast love that doesn’t just function generally, but works intimately and personally in mercy. Wherever you are, whatever situation you find yourself in, hold tight to this truth because it is the greatest reality of all.

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A God Who Reveals Himself – First Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

A God Who Reveals Himself – First Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Through the ages, in all that God has said and done, it has become clearer, surer than ever, that He alone is God and that there is no other. And it has become clear that this God is always for us and that we can even name Him Love. Our theme song has become “God so loved ..that He gave.” And as a result, we should be even more certain that when he asks us anything, it is for our own good and wellbeing.

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A God Who Keeps His Promises – Gospel in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

A God Who Keeps His Promises – Gospel in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

Fulfillment is at the heart of the Easter message. Our God keeps his promises; every one of them. God has promised salvation and what he has promised he has done! In fact, in Christ God has answered and is answering every promise He has ever made. The apostle Paul captures this beautifully in one great exclamations: “For in him all the promises of God find their Yes! That is why we utter the Amen through him to the glory of God.” (II Corinthians 1:20)

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Learning To Trust – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Lent

Learning To Trust – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Lent

The Catechism teaches us that, in the first sin “Man..let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and…disobeyed God’s command…” and that “all subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.” I am always struck by how profoundly simple yet true this statement has proven in my own life, particularly when, like the Israelites, I am faced by situations that seem to scrape at my deepest wounds and fears. But God has never proven unfaithful in my life, even when I have; to the contrary He has given me every reason to trust that He is my Healer…

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A Tale of Two Men – First Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

A Tale of Two Men – First Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

The difference this makes is manifested in the lives and legacies of these two men: One lost everything and watched as his family ultimately crumbled, while the other went on to help usher in the greatest period in Israel’s history by anointing its first two kings. Because Samuel was faithful with the word given to him regarding Eli “the Lord…let none of his words fall to the ground.” The Lord prospered him in his work and used him mightily. So the question we must ask ourselves, then, is “Who will we be like?” Will we be like Eli, with greater allegiances increasingly obstructing our ability to perceive the work of the Lord in our lives? Or will we be like Samuel, ready, willing and available?

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