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Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
Psalm 128:1-5
Matthew 8:1-4

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the last laugh

"Abraham prostrated himself and laughed as he said to himself, 'Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Or can Sarah give birth at ninety?' " —Genesis 17:17

Abraham and Sarah laughed at jokes God didn't even tell (Gn 18:12). We often laugh when God is serious. God is serious about fulfilling His promises. He's serious about healing the leprous (Mt 8:3) and those incurable by medical standards. Many times doctors and Christians have laughed at God before He healed the terminally ill or even raised the dead (Mt 10:8).

The Lord is also extremely serious about saving us. Nobody in their right mind cracks a smile at the foot of the cross. He's serious about cleansing us of our sins in His blood. Shed blood is no laughing matter.

However, the Lord isn't all serious. He laughs at the learned and clever who take themselves too seriously (Lk 10:21). He gets a laugh out of mighty nations who think they're something more than a moment in time (Ps 2:4). He considers our preoccupation with money and material possessions ludicrous. It would be even more hilarious if we weren't so foolish (Lk 12:20).

The Lord laughs a lot and even cries (Lk 19:41). We do the same. Yet do we laugh and cry for the same reasons as He does?

Prayer:  Father, teach me to laugh when You laugh and cry when You cry (Jas 4:9).

Promise:  "Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him and said, 'I do will it. Be cured.' Immediately the man's leprosy disappeared." —Mt 8:3

Praise:  Timothy jokes that he prayed for boldness and got baldness, but his prayerfulness inspires many.

Reference:  (Our retreat on Prophecy and Deliverance is held July 6-9. The world is in great need of these gifts of the Spirit. Scripture tells us that prophecy is to be sought above all other gifts (1 Cor 14:1). Jesus taught us to pray: "Deliver us from evil" (see Mt 6:13). Call 937-587-5464 or 513-373-2397 for information or to register.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 5, 2009

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