In the first reading today from Exodus 24, the people say with one voice, “We will do everything that the Lord has told us.” Moses then sprinkles blood on the people, sealing the covenant. Of course we know that their promise was short lived. Isn’t that often the case with us? In the Gospel reading from Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the weeds and the wheat.
The responsorial today is from Psalm 50. “Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.”
Our relationship with God has numerous facets, which should include petition, thanksgiving and praise. As with most anything in life, we must balance these. Perhaps there will be times when one may be more prevalent than the others. I find this often to be the case with petition. We can find ourselves always asking God for something. We can often thank Him profusely when our prayers are answered. But God is always deserving of our praise. Not because of anything He’s done, but just because He is God. He created us and loves us and watches over us. So let’s be sure to offer up a sacrifice of praise daily! Praise God!
Father, we love you and we praise you. May our sacrifice of praise be always on our lips. Amen.