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A Faithful Friend

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty? (Genesis 18: 23)

Abraham was in a bargaining mode with God as he sought to spare the city from divine condemnation. Abraham was acting boldly on the behalf of the people of Sodom. Yet his behavior towards God was not that unusual. One only needs to spend a day in a hospital to hear patients or family members also bargaining with God.


What do we hope to accomplish with our bartering? Certainly in the hospital setting the barterer hopes to have imminent death or loss of quality of life reversed. They desire to preserve the good as it was known prior to the accident or illness. While very important, is there more to the story?


The Gospel reading may help us probe further into our bargaining behavior. If parents know how to give what is good to their children, how much more will our heavenly Father? Perhaps in our heart of hearts, during our time of dire need we want to know that God is attentive, responsive and indeed gifts us with the greatest good even if it may not be the particular good we seek. When we are confronted with our inner poverty and loss we want to know that God is a faithful friend, one we can lean into even when the path takes us deeper into mystery as we face the unfolding consequences. The One who is good is always before us, within us, among us, sustaining us.


God of Receptivity,

You desire our fullness of life even when we are faced with the paradox of death.

In moments of confusion may we recall those times we have known inner clarity

in our relationship with You and continue to trust in Your fidelity to us.

May we pray for spiritual clarity whenever we make decisions. Amen.

Sr. Mary Thomas
Senior Vice President Mission, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

GENESIS 18:20-32 ● PSALM 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8 ● COLOSSIANS 2:12-14 ● LUKE 11:1-13

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