June 27, 2017
by Fred Hanna
Creighton University's Fine and Performing Arts Department
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Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 372

Genesis 13:2, 5-18
Psalms 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Praying Ordinary Time

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Early in my career, my wife and family moved a lot. We moved 8 times in 12 years, and for a time every year.  Once, we moved twice in one summer.  Thankfully, we have been in one place for the past 20 years.  Abram and Lot moved, too.  Moving, at its best, is difficult.  The household is in upheaval several weeks before and after.  The big day, the distance, the tiredness, the difficulty.

What better lesson to draw from todays readings than to focus on the Lord's words to Abram, "Look about you, and from where you are,‚Ķfor to you I will give it."  Likewise, the psalmist's promise, "He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord."

No matter where we were, empty apartment, new surroundings, boxes stacked high, the Lord provided comfort, calmness, and the assurance that whatever we encountered, we would find peace.  He is the light of the world, and if we follow him we will have the "light of life."

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