DAILY CHEWING STICK: 9TH JULY, 2015.
(Gen 44:18-21, 23-29;45:1-5; Mt10:7-15).
In today’s first reading, we see a case of THE STONE REJECTED BY D BUILDERS BECOMING D CORNER STONE.
Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers, happened to be their SAVING GRACE in time of FAMINE & GREAT DISTRESS. Joseph rose to a position in Egypt practically equal to Pharaoh himself simply because GOD WAS WITH HIM. IS GOD WITH YOU? IS GOD WITH ME? Let us make sure that God is with us as He was with Joseph.
If God is with us, WE CAN ACCEPT AFFLICTIONS & MISFORTUNES WILLINGLY, FOR WE BELIEVE GOD CAN BRING GOOD OUT OF EVIL.
Brethren, in the gospel, JESUS asked us not only to give to the needy, BUT GIVE WITHOUT CHARGE. “You received without pay, give without pay”(Mt 10:8). Song: All we have is given to us by the Lord….x2.
Is there anything we can boast of as ours that does not come from God? LET US THEREFORE SHARE WITH OTHERS FREELY, KNOWING THAT IN GIVING, WE RECEIVE & GIVERS DON’T LACK!
Just think of this one gift: SMILE! It is a gift that enriches the receiver without diminishing the giver; a gift that can be given in a flash, but can have an impact that lasts forever; a gift that is of no earthly value until it is given away; a gift which NO ONE IS SO POOR THAT HE OR SHE CANNOT SHARE.
Good morning & please give everyone you meet today A SMILE!!!
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 an daily life. He writes his Daily Chewing Sticks to spread God’s word electronically to all.
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