July 6, 2017 – Thursday in the 13th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Maria Goretti (October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Genesis 22:1b – 19   –   Psalm 115   –   Matthew 9:1-6

“I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living.” (Today’s Responsorial Verse to Psalm 115)

Today we hear the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son and the thought of what it means to be willing to follow the Lord in whatever He asks of us. This is put up against the healing of the paralytic.   Both of the above images begin with a sense of self-giving. We have to have some understanding about what it means to be in relationship with this God who created us for a life in paradise. When Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven” the Pharisees bulk. Then Jesus says, “… get up and walk!   So we’re back to the starting point of any journey: we must first get up and get on the path. (“I am the Way…”) We all know that we are sinners and in need of God’s healing in that regard. But like the ten lepers in the Gospel – we’re healed “on the way.” Over and over, again, Abraham had to trust God and begin some kind of journey before he could be given his rightful place as the “father of our faith.” It’s not easy for us to commit to following the Lord when we know it might cost us our life. Abraham’s journey wouldn’t have had the same effect if he had known that God would stay his hand when push came to shove. Be sure to follow the “link” to today’s “saint” to read how she was faithful in the most difficult of circumstances. So our trust and belief in God’s protection is key to anything that we would hope to do in this life. And in the end, Jesus says to us: “in order that you might know my forgiveness … get up and walk!” And off we go, knowing that it’s “heaven all the way to heaven!” Amen!

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