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From their distress God rescues the just. — Psalm 34:18
Mass Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11 / Matthew 6:7-15
Historically words have been used to both exalt and destroy peoples. During World War II the inspirational words of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill buoyed the Allied cause. During the same period, the tyrannical rhetoric of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin alienated people and suppressed freedoms. Today’s readings speak of the power of God’s word. Isaiah tells us that it’s like rain upon the earth, bringing life. The Our Father, spoken by Jesus, is a distillation of the New Testament message which also brings life.
We must understand the power of words and use them effectively to positively impact the lives of people and to build God’s Kingdom in our world. Let’s be attentive to what we say, so that we too can “water the earth.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me say what You want me to say.
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