Tuesday, July 28
Fire is a powerful force. It destroys and creates simultaneously, refining what’s good and eliminating what is unnecessary. God’s love has the power to do that in our lives with the same mesmerizing effect. But how do you know that fire’s burning? God makes smoke signals. Where you resist, the holy smoke of change emerges—a sign that God is here and working. Like smoldering incense, the Burning Bush where Moses encountered the divine, or the Pillar of Cloud that guided the Israelites during the Exodus, smoke signals God’s presence in our midst. Remember: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—the fire of God in you!
Today’s readings: Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28; Matthew 13:31-35 (402). “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom.”