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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Do you hear God’s mercy shout today? Daily Bible Reflections August 28,2013


“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.” – Matthew 23:27
He was young, physically active and appeared to be in the pink of health.
       But on June 22, 2002, this 33-year-old St. Louis Cardinals pitching star was found dead in his Chicago hotel room. An autopsy revealed that he had a 90 percent blockage in two of three coronary arteries, an enlarged heart and a blood clot in one of the arteries. His appearance misled many to think that he was physically healthy.
       People pretending to be well but are terribly sick in the spiritual sense — this is the definition of a hypocrite. In the heart of Jesus, His condemnation of hypocrisy was never driven by hatred of the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. His was a wake-up call from the love of God who wants to reach out, to heal and to share His glorious destiny.
       Yes, even if we think we’re full and well, God is faithful. He will do whatever it takes to wake us up, until His hope that we admit our brokenness and receive the healing of God is fulfilled. And when we respond, His mercy shout becomes a roar of joy in His Kingdom. Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)
Reflection: Do you hear God’s mercy shout today?
Father, amidst my illusions of completeness and strong leadership, open my ears to hear Your shout today. And please don’t stop until I come to You. Thank You.
St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

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