07-23-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 23, 2014
(St. Bridget of Sweden)
The Word of the LORD came to me (the Prophet Jeremiah) thus:  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jer 1:1, 4-10

Within the last few weeks, we’ve heard several parables from Jesus that relate the farming and fishing lives of the people of His day to this – life-saving Word of God.

And even though we still have people who fish and farm for a living today, it might be a little more difficult for everyone to understand those kinds of stories.

But we probably can ALL relate to, the feeling that Jeremiah had, when God called him to be a prophet.  Because one constant thing that life makes all of us well aware of, is the fact that – if we don’t watch out and protect ourselves, we’ll likely get dumped on.

And usually the dumping is not always nice.  We get telemarketers and crank phone callers.  We’re bombarded with advertisements for one thing or another in the mail.  And there always seems to be someone else wanting our money for ‘some worthy cause’.  It’s enough to make us crazy.

And so we see the natural response of Jeremiah’s call by God, as a bunch of excuses, why he shouldn’t be the one to do it.  He was too young.  He couldn’t speak.  And we could just picture him, wishing he hadn’t picked up that particular phone call, that particular day.

But God assured Jeremiah, that this was exactly what he was built for.  God said, I knew you and dedicated you for this, before you were even bornAnd so it was. And so Jeremiah became one of the Greatest Prophets the world had ever known.

Sometimes, beloved, we need to let go of those preconceived walls that we tend to build between ourselves and others – built there because of how the world has conditioned us.

Through His parable of the Sower and the seed, Jesus tells us that we can respond to God’s calling in our lives in four different ways.

We can allow the world to come along and eat up every good opportunity that comes along . . .  Like the birds eating up the seeds along the path.

We can build those walls around us to be so impenetrable, that nothing new can ever come into our lives . . .  Like the seed that fell on rocky ground and died.

We can keep ourselves so busy with the everyday activities of life, that we don’t even hear God’s beautiful messages to us . . .  Like the seeds that were choked out by the thorns.

Or . . . We can Open up our hearts to take a few moments every day, just like today: to Pray a little, to Think about the Scriptures and to Discover little quotes, like the ones Jeremiah heard from God, that were written to us as well . . .

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”

Before you were born I dedicated you

 so “Have no fear before them, because I am (always) with you,
to deliver you (and to save you)
” says the Lord!

baby-gift_from_godWe are loved, THAT much beloved! 
And we need to let the world know
that THEY are too!

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