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Friday, July 24, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
The mythical story of Aladdin became so popular with the creation of the Walt Disney Movie in 1992, but its origins and entertainment in childhood imaginations go back decades. I can remember friends of mine playing together searching through old collected household items looking for anything that would resemble an oil lamp, that we could rub hoping to arouse a genie who would grant us three wishes.
In the first Biblical lesson for this weekend’s worship, Solomon, the son of King David, has a dream in which God appears and says: “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” (1 Kings 3:5). I’m sure that many of us have wished that such a dream would happen to us. Can you imagine? What does Solomon request? Instead of a long life, personal happiness, wealth and prosperity for himself and his family, he would ask God for the gift of wisdom, so that he may know rightly how to govern the chosen people well, as did his father David. It appears that he requested what he really needed, rather than what he wanted.
Because of his humble request God answered his prayer and blessed him as well with what he did not request. “In addition, I give you what you have not asked for: I give you such riches and glory that among kings there will be no one like you all your days. And if you walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and commandments, as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” (1Kings 3:13-14).
We can learn an important lesson from King Solomon. May we always approach our Lord God with humility of heart. May we make our requests known to Him, not for what we want, but for what we need. May the relationship we have with God Almighty, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit, be the pearl of great price and the treasure buried in the field of our lives. With our living God on the throne in our own hearts we will find out security and peace. Summer blessings to all.