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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist … (Matthew 14:8) His [John’s] disciples came and took away his body and buried him; and they went and told Jesus … (Matthew 14:11-12]

Both of today’s scripture readings scream, “It’s the principle!” Also, involved are the convictions, commitment and truth at the ultimate cost. The very lives of the prophet Jeremiah and John the Baptist are on the line.

As I ponder my commitments, my convictions and what I believe are my principles or truths, I am forced to exam what I believe, what are my principles and what are my truths.

The marriage vows I have taken, the boundaries I have set (or not), the confidences that I have kept and the faithfulness that I have shown towards family and friends all come to mind and fall short of perfection. But the most important thing I can think of right now is my faith. What is it that I believe in?

My faith is my treasure, and I believe I must nurture it daily in my heart, my mind and my soul through prayer and belonging actively to my church community. But my beliefs and principles alone cannot make my faith wholesome and true. I need more … I need to know what to do, what is right. Like John and his disciples and like Jeremiah in the first reading, I must place my entire life — all my beliefs, hopes, dreams, desires, wants, needs, even my faults – on a platter and take them to Jesus through the help of His Church.

O Jesus, my Lord and my God!

I trust in You.

Increase my faith, hope and love.

Allow me the grace to bring everything I am, I think, I say and do to You. Amen.

Maureen Evans
Patient Financial Services, Avera

Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24 • Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 • Matthew 14:1-12

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