DAILY CHEWING STICK: 28TH JULY, 2015.
In the name of the Father….!
Our help shall come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The LOVE a man has for a woman or vice versa cannot be compared to the LOVE God has for us. A man may love a woman because she is beautiful, or naturally endowed, or because of her tribe, etc. And a woman too may love because of his handsomeness, his wealth, his height and six-packs, etc!
But God’s LOVE FOR US does not depend on what we do or say, our looks or intelligence, our success or popularity, etc. His love for us existed BEFORE we were born, and will exist AFTER we have died. THERE ARE NO “ifs” IN GOD’S HEART. Little wonder, He (God), always HEARKENED TO THE SUPPLICATIONS OF MOSES ON BEHALF OF THE STUBBORN ISRAELITES.
Brethren, in the 1st reading, we are presented with the ENCOUNTER OF MOSES WITH GOD FACE TO FACE AT THE TENT OF MEETING TO MEDIATE FOR HIS PEOPLE. “Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far from the camp; and he called it the TENT OF MEETING” (Ex 33:7). “And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting” (Ex 33:7). “When Moses entered the tent, THE PILLAR OF CLOUD would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses” (Ex 33:9). “The Lord used to speak to Moses FACE TO FACE, AS ONE SPEAKS TO A FRIEND” (Ex 33:11).
Brethren, DO YOU SEEK THE FACE OF GOD? DO WANT TO ASK FOR MERCY? DO YOU SEEK DIVINE CHANGE IN YOUR PRESENT CONDITION OF LIFE? Why not take a trip this summer to JERUSALEM ON PILGRIMAGE if you can?
Why not go to the TENT OF MEETING in the PILGRIMAGE CENTRE IN YOUR DIOCESE (e.g Eleta for Ibadan, Otan Ayegbaju for Osogbo, etc)?
Why not encounter JESUS AT THE TENT OF MEETING IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (Perpetual Adoration Chapels too)?
Why not meet Him in the SACRAMENTS (especially Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist)?
Why not meet Him via His MOTHER (by praying the Rosary devotedly)?
Child of God, as Moses felt and saw the PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE PILLAR OF CLOUD; YOU TOO SHALL FEEL HIS PRESENCE WHEN YOU GO TO MEET HIM, AMEN!
Sing with me: When I come into Your presence, am so happy…!
God bless you!
About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Stick to spread God’s word electronically to all.
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