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TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AUGUST 30, 2020





A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 20:7-9

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed. All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; the word of the LORD has brought me derision and reproach all the day. I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.


REFLECTION: But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones;


For over 2 months I have had trouble with my Bluetooth on my phone. At first it was the inconvenience of not enjoying music through speakers, then not able to hear on my headphones to finally not able to pair to my car. I researched you tube, spoke to AT &T, stood in line, social distancing in the parking lot for my appointment with Geek squad, stayed on phone for hours with the Apple support team and finally drove miles to the Apple approved store for my solution.


Feeling a little smug that perseverance paid off, that patience allowed the support teams to do their work, I was feeling good that at last there was a resolution to my problem.


Driving home I thanked God for the outcome and offered up my two month inconveniences to Him. And in conversing with God He asked, “Are you this determined, this energetic to bring souls to me? Are you willing to take up your cross and follow me with as much enthusiasm as you did for the phone?”


As with the prophet Jeremiah, I had to ask myself: Is the name of God burning in my heart? Is the name of God imprisoned in my bones? Can I hold on to God and share Him with others? Is my soul thirsting for God? Am I willing to offer up my body and soul to please God?


Will I “sync” or “pair” my will to His?


God Bless You

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