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Thursday, June 10, 2004

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1 Kings 18:41-46
Psalm 65
Matthew 5:20-26

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"Lose no time; settle with your opponent while on your way to court with him." —Matthew 5:25

In our fast-paced culture, we are very interested in quickness — quick service, quick relief, quick loans, quick "lubes," etc. The Lord is also interested in quickness, but in other ways. He demands quick reconciliation (Mt 5:25), offers quick healings, and expects quick obedience. However, we are often slow of heart to believe (Lk 24:25), dragging our heels, holding our grudges, grinding our axes, licking our wounds, or involved in other delaying tactics. If we were only quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (Jas 1:19) instead of just the opposite! If  only we were quick as the Lord is quick and slow as He is slow instead of being warped by the ways of the world!

Let's begin to restore God's timing and rhythm to our lives by accepting the grace to forgive seventy times seven times immediately (see Mt 18:22). Then let's go to Confession and repent of being slow to obey, that is, of being disobedient. If we quickly obey Dr. Jesus' orders, we may find that our healings fit more the pattern we see in the New Testament.

Next, let's make Sunday truly a day of rest when we slow down our speech, anger, and lifestyles. Let's quiet down as we slow down so that we can respond to the quickening of God's grace in us.

Prayer:  Father, slow me down to speed me up.

Promise:  "The hand of the Lord was on Elijah." —1 Kgs 18:46

Praise:  John prays daily for those in — and outside — the Church to receive the Holy Spirit.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our leaflet, Keep Holy the Lord's Day, or our tape on audio AV 45-1 or video V-45.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert A. Stricker, December 13, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 18, 2003