Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 92:2-3,13-16; I Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45
A ninety-year-old man was asked why he remained a man of hope, even in the most challenging days. He replied,
Because I get up in the morning believing in the newness of God. I get up feeling that God’s awesome work of creation is continuing. I get up feeling that God didn’t just create the world in the long, long ago and then forgot about it. To me, that means that because I cannot fathom the mind of God, I must expect the unexpected as the usual, everyday way God’s Providence is at work.
Luke’s Gospel tells us that as Jesus prepared to deliver the Sermon on the Mount, a great crowd from many different places had gathered around Him, “and everyone in the crowd was trying to touch Him because power came out of Him that cured them all” (Lk. 6:19). Then, as we read in today’s Gospel Lesson, He began to preach to them and, among many other things, He said this:…