Day 77: God is faithful

Numbers 32:1-42 Every tribe participated in the military battles of Israel. The territory called TRANSJORDAN-which was largely within the borders within present-day Jordan-is part of the Promised Land God gave to Israel

Deuteronomy Ch 31-34 The final four chapters of Deuteronomy are at once a moving farewell from Moses and a final and formal preparation to enter the Promised Land. Moses passed along his authority to Joshua, who was to succeed him as leader. Because of their lack of faith at Meribah forty years earlier, Moses and the people of Israel at that time (except Joshua and Caleb) were forbidden to enter the Promised Land. 

Psalm 117 This short psalm captures succinctly the essence of prayer as an engaging conversation with God in which he reveals himself as one who is All-faithful and All-loving. Those who find their strength and joy in prayer are ideal witnesses of the power of faith to those who do not believe. 

“In a technological world menaced by an eclipse of the sacred, in a society that delights in a certain self-sufficiency, the witness of the person at prayer is like a ray of light in the darkness,” said St. John Paul II. “Initially, it can awaken curiosity; then it can induce the thoughtful person to wonder about the meaning of prayer, and, finally, it can give rise to the growing desire to have the experience. For this reason, prayer is never an isolated event, but tends to expand until it involves the whole world,” (St. John Paul II, General Audiences, February 5 and 12, 2003)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and we give you glory. We lift up our voices to you. We lift up our hearts to you. We know that you are the Lord. You are God. You are good and you call us to be yours, even though you know our weakness, even though you know our frailty, even though you know that we will turn away from you. You still fight for us. You still call us to belong to you. You still love us, even in the midst of our faithlessness. You love us when we do not love you. You are GOOD and you are GOD and we give you praise today. Help us in our weakness. Help us when we have fallen, when we have failed. Remind us of your faithfulness so that we can turn back to you, call upon your Mercy, call upon your Grace, and be restored by your love. We make this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”