Thursday August 3
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord.
  • Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38
  • Psalm 84:3-6,8,11
  • Matthew 13:47-53

Moses followed the instructions for constructing the Ark of the Covenant. Those who listened attentively to the parables of Jesus in today’s Gospel proclamation responded positively when Jesus posed the question to them: “Have you understood all this?”. Rather than commending the people for their attentiveness, Jesus unexpectedly completes the teaching with another parable about bringing out “old” and “new” from the storeroom. We often keep anger, resentment, unforgiveness in the storeroom of our hearts. However, when we surrender these emotions to God, the cloud will be lifted and, like Moses and the Israelites, we can proceed on our journey of faith, with something new in the storeroom of our hearts permitting the glory of God to fill us in the darkest night or day. In the Psalms we find many human sentiments: joys, sorrows, doubts, hopes and bitterness. Sufferings in our journey call for liberation, tears call for consolation, words await healing and slander a sentence of absolution.

Prayer: Abba Father, remove the dark clouds so that I may continue on my journey of faith. Amen.

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