In today’s first reading from Jeremiah 20, we hear the people plotting against Jeremiah. But they will not be victorious; they will not have their way. Jeremiah says, “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph…Praise the Lord, for he has rescued the life of the poor fromthe power of the wicked!” And in the end, so it would be with Jesus.
In the Gospel reading from John 10, Jesus tells the people, “If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” In essence, Jesus was telling them that if they didn’t believe what He was saying, then at least believe what He was doing. Actions speak louder than words.
We need to be about the business of building up the Kingdom of God. I believe that this is the Father’s work. Feeding the poor, clothing the naked, sharing the Good News with others – these are all ways that we go about the Father’s work. We spend so much time working on the things of the world. Make no mistake, feeding your family and taking care of business are necessary things, and I believe that is part of doing the Father’s work. But chasing the almighty dollar is not the be all and the end all. Pray about how the Father would like you to accomplish His work today.
Father, forgive us for all the time we spend working on worldly pursuits, but do not do your works. Help us today to be people of action, performing your works. Amen.
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