… there is good news

August 11, 2015     Deuteronomy 31:1-8;   Matt 18:1-5,10,12-14

In today’s first reading … there is good news;   The Israelites stand on the edge of the desert … preparing to enter the Promised Land …

But … there is bad news; the only leader they knew for forty years … Moses … not crossing over with them.

It was natural for them to feel uncertain and anxious about the future … they are on the cusp of a major transition.

Moses moves quickly on the good news … he reminds the people of how good God has been to them … that they will have a new leader in Joshua … that God will remain in their midst and provide for their needs.

Moses tells the people to remain strong and courageous.

We know what facing uncertainty feels like … we’ve all been there at some point. We too search for answers and sometimes our imaginations blind us to the fact that God is with us all the way … that we can count on His loving presence.

Today’s scripture readings remind us that childlike dependence on God is the basis for entry into eternal life … our Promised Land.

May we have the faith, hope and love that will bring us to our Promised Land in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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