Daily Reflections

Saint Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church

August 20, 2019

Judges 6:11-24a

Psalm 85:9, 11-12, 13-14

Matthew 19:23-30

 There is a saying that it’ is not just what you believe, but what you believe and how you act in times of trial or disaster. That is a theme of today’s readings.

Gideon is in the midst of a battle. It is not yet the military battle against the Midianites. It is a matter of faith. Can he believe and trust the God of Israel to deliver them once again from their enemy? Has God abandoned them? He doesn’t even have the self-confidence or family support to lead the people. The angel of the Lord accepts the sacrificial offering Gideon has prepared, assuring him that the power of God will be at work.

We see a similar situation with Peter. A rich young man walks away from Jesus because he was attached to his possessions. He was content with the life he had. He expected Jesus to give him a short cut to Paradise. Jesus tells him that he has to let go and let God. You can almost feel his disappointment. Peter is also astonished, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?”

I’m surprised that Jesus did not quote Psalm 23 to his hearers: The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want…” We have to ask whether God is enough to satisfy and sustain us? Is our faith enough to give us light for our path?

What are you asking for God’s help and guidance for today?