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October 12, 2017 - Tired?

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The prophet Malachi could be speaking to our community today.  So many of us have wondered, ‘why am I working so hard at being a good person, when it doesn’t seem to be paying off?’  We feel like we’ve been working without pay.  We don’t want to hear, ‘the reward in Heaven will be great.’  What about a reward right now?  Malachi shows us what to do when we’re feeling this way.  We need to meet with our fellow Christians and strengthen each others’ faith: “Then they who were in awe of the Lord spoke with one another, and the Lord listened attentively…Then you will see the distinction between the just and the wicked…”  It’s easy to get tired of hoping on the Lord.

In these times of persecution, vandalism, and polarizing acrimony between different types of people, we must remember to hope in the Lord.  Our own virtue will not be enough to overcome the darkness.  We must trust that our God, though long-delayed, is coming.  Jesus will send us the Holy Spirit if we persistently ask for it and invite it.  As our psalm says,  “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord, for the Lord watches over the way of the just… but the way of the wicked vanishes.

Jesus follows these themes of Malachi and the Psalmist.  When you get tired of doing good, continue with persistence.  Keep asking for the refreshing wind and cleansing water of the Holy Spirit.  More than any thing, persistently invite God into your heart.  Seek the Lord continuously.  Expect the Spirit to refresh you, like a cool breeze or wading in the water on a hot day.  We’ve got to stop trying to do it ourselves.   Instead, we need to trust in God’s power to work through us (and others) to bring about the Kingdom.  Today, let’s ask for a good gift from the Lord.  Amen!

-Chris Nieport