Is God real to me? Do I call upon and rely on Him throughout the day and night? Am I faithful in daily communion with Him? These are questions I ask myself after pondering on today’s Gospel periscope. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, Is this not the son of Joseph?” And then it happens—almost immediately after this proclamation by the people about Jesus’ words and works, they are ready to throw him off the hill on which their town had been built.

            As startling as this turn is of the people’s hearts, don’t we often do the same thing? Life crowds in on us, problems arise and all gets very dark. Instead of going directly to The Lord, we flounder about and try to fix things ourselves. Only when it gets do be totally impossible to fix, we turn to The Lord and ask for help. This delay and refusal to recognize our dependence on God brings us heart ache and anxiety. This is not the way to proceed and we should know this by now in our sobriety.

            Lord Jesus, help us keep You always present in our minds and hearts today.   Help us to call upon You for all of our needs. May our lives give You glory and honor and praise today, Amen.