There is no Other

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If you miss the message in today's first reading, you're not paying attention. The theme is reiterated five times. In the Gospel reading from Luke 7, John the Baptist has two of his disciples go and ask Jesus if He (Jesus) is the one who is to come. Jesus tells them to "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard."

"I am the LORD, there is no other." This (or a minor variation thereof) is what we see five times in today's first reading from Isaiah 45. Seems pretty clear, doesn't it?

Jesus was letting John's disciples know that He had proven Himself through his miraculous works. No other "god" could do these things. The same holds true in our lives. Could any other "god" - money, fame, power, possessions - do the things that Jesus has done for you? Of course not. So, our course of action needs to be the same as John's disciples, to "go and tell" the world about the miraculous things that Only God can do.

Father, we thank you for your many miracles in our lives. May we tell the world about Jesus and your saving grace. Amen.

Today's Readings

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