August 7, 2015 Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Matthew 16:24-28
Memory can be a fickle thing! Reminders are always helpful.
In today’s first reading … we see some evidence that the memory of the Israelites had faded over time. They wandered in the desert for a long time … and were oppressed by different cultures … so they experienced many ordeals … allowed their focus to be turned only on themselves and their plight.
They forgot that they had a God who gave them signs … who spoke to them … led them … fed them … freed them.
Their memory of how good God really was to them had faded!
So Moses with his great faith reminds them of how blessed they really are … how the God of their ancestors promised them prosperity and long life.
True … they suffered. True … they waited a long time. Also true was that their God was with them through it all. Now … they needed to be faithful … just as their God was faithful.
We often need reminders too … and often we need to refocus on how faithful we have been to God and how faithful our God has been to us.
Faithfulness is a gift and … it is a privilege. Let us be thankful … and assured that our loving God will never let us down!