12th Sunday OTA

Jer 20:10-13; Rom 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33

“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

Dear friends! I just want to share something a little different today. This makes me realize the importance of understanding how God sees us and how we view others.

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. Theo boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

The boy got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever…

When the boy opened the door to his own house a shot time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy  on his face. She asked him, “what did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “Dad, what did you do today that make you so happy?” He replied “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!!

Have lunch with God….bring chips. Let others see Jesus in you. What a powerful of acknowledging Jesus before others through simple acts of kindness. “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.”

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time challenge us to preach Christ through our words and lives without fear.

The first reading tells us how the prophet Jeremiah trusted in the power of God while he faced opposition for his prophetic ministry. In the gospel, today Jesus tells us, not to be afraid to proclaim God’s love.

 Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So, do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

We are all created in His image and likeness, yet none of us are the same but we all loved the same. The truth…if we all just looked at each other as God looks at us, we might love more, hate less, understand more judge less, listen more, speak less, forgive more, and be angry less.

With a bag of chips, a root beer and a smile how can we go wrong? Have a happy day! God wants you and me to be the channel of His love to people in and around us.

 

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