January 27, 2016
by Mariana Miller
Creighton University's Campus Ministry
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Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 319

2 Samuel 7:4-17
Psalms 89:4-5, 27-28, 29-30
Mark 4:1-20

Praying Ordinary Time

God is faithful! God wants to dwell with us and is simply asking that we make room.

In the first reading God askes David through Nathan if he is the one who wants to build a house for God. God goes through all that he had done for David and all that he will do for David and his descendants, showing him that God has been faithful and has already been dwelling with David and his people in tents, always accompanying them, always available. In the responsorial psalm we see how God re confirms his covenant with his people. God wants to be with us and asks our permission for it. God asks that we open our heart to God’s love. God does not impose Godself onto us. God loves us first, promises to stay with us, but asks only that we may receive God. Doesn’t it sound wonderful? It sounds like an easy, natural thing to do. It should be! Who would consciously not be open to love unconditional? We sometimes are not… It sounds great! But… Part of us starts thinking: “What am I going to have to give back? What will this mean for my comfortable life? What if I fail? Well, I don’t really want to deal with it, I’m too busy right now.” And that’s exactly what Jesus talks about in the parables: God’s invitation to us. God’s word falls in rocky surface, it sounds like a great plan, but… our hearts are hardened by all our preoccupations. These are certainly legitimate, but God’s message is: “Let me in! Let me dwell with you! Just trust me! I will make your rocky soil into fertile soil! Just trust me and receive my gift to you!”

The only thing God asks of us is to let God in our hearts, in our lives, in our relationships, in our thoughts, in our activities… God asks that we build a dwelling for God, that we are fertile soil for God’s gifts of love and grace. If we fail, well… God’s covenant does not state that we are faithful, but that God is! And we are always welcome back home with God.

Let’s pray today that we accept the grace to trust God’s unconditional love to us. The grace to put the rocks and thorns present in our hearts and minds, in our activities and relationships, in God’s hands to be transformed in rich soil so we can bear fruit for our own personal growth, for our families, for our communities.

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