July 17, 2018 Tuesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time-B

Isaiah 7:1-9

Psalm 48

Matthew 11:20-24

 “Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail…” Is. 7:4

Lord, your prophet Isaiah encouraged the king when he was in a tough spot.  The king was tempted to form an unholy alliance with a pagan nation that would in the end force your people to false gods.  You could not let that happen.  But first the king needed to rely on faith in your presence in his difficulty.  Today we live in a time of many challenges to our peace.  It can sometimes seem like everything in our world is falling apart.  We no longer can even be civil to others who hold different political views.  We fear terrorism, hurricanes and violence in our schools and public gatherings.  Your words to Isaiah should be posted on our computer screens and bathroom mirrors.  It teaches me to trust in you; to wait on you; and to look for the opportunities your presence will reveal.  In big and small ways you have a way out of these trials with realistic, common-sense actions.  But you first want me to trust that you are active and will help me through my day.  Thank you for whatever way you show me today that you are with me always.  Amen.