Posted by: fvbcdm | June 11, 2012

Feast of Saint Barnabus (11 June 2012)

Every now and then, when I am praying the Liturgy of the Hours with our community or reading Scripture privately, a line or sentence will pop out at me with special vigor, and I often think: “Oh, I need to bring this to the attention of this one or that one” because of some circumstance in his or her life right now.  This Monday morning, as we prayed the Office of Reading for Monday of the 11th week of the year, these words from the book of Joshua struck me.  The Hebrews are amassed on the banks of the River Jordan and are about to enter the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua, the successor of Moses who has just died.  God speaks to them in these words: “I command you: be firm and steadfast.  Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.” 

Here is the community of God’s chosen people, on the verge of achieving something that they have been praying for, waiting for, for centuries.  They are about to make history: sacred history.  They are about to enter the Promised Land from which they had been exiled during the years of bondage in Egypt.  Now, they are going home.  There will be difficulties, but they will overcome with the help of God.  This is why they are told NOT to fear, to be dismayed, to hesitate to follow God’s lead.  And some day, known only to God, the Promised Land will produce the Lion of Juda, the Son of David, the one who will be called “Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”  So God is telling them: go forward; trust me; you will cross the river unharmed just as you crossed the Red Sea unharmed.  Whatever your position in life, God is saying the same thing to you:  trust me.  I will lead you.  I love you. Whatever difficulties you might encounter, they are not difficult for me.  You and I can do very easily what you alone could not do at all. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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