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8/3/2011 4:54:48 AM
Mass Reading & Meditation for August 3, 2011
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Meditation: Numbers 13:1-2,25–14:1, 26-29,34-35

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“We ought to go up and seize the land.” (Numbers 13:30)

For centuries, parents have named their little boys “Joshua” and “Caleb” after these biblical heroes. There is something attractive about the way Joshua and Caleb were faithful and brave, something appealing about the way they put their confidence in God. Even God himself recognized that Caleb had “a different spirit and follows me unreservedly” (Numbers 14:24). Ultimately, because of their trust in God, these were the only two adult Israelites allowed to enter the Promised Land!

All twelve of the men Moses sent to scout the land of Canaan saw the same things during their forty-day reconnaissance mission, but only Joshua and Caleb gave an encouraging report. They were the only ones who remembered God’s power and his promises. The others could see nothing but obstacles ahead of them—obstacles that seemed like giants to their frightened imaginations.

Our troubles can seem like giants to us, too. That’s because we are engaged in a kind of inner battle going on in our minds. On the one hand, we have the voice of the Holy Spirit encouraging us as Joshua and Caleb did: “You can do it! Christ is in you! Go and take the spiritual land!” On the other hand, we have voices from the devil and our own fallen nature, like the other scouts, chanting: “No, I can’t! It’s too hard. I’m on my own. I’ll never get there.”

When the battle rages like this, we need to step back and recall the goodness and promises of the Lord. His word says: “Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you” (Isaiah 41:10). It teaches us to proclaim: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). With assurances like these, we can find the strength to take on the “giants” that threaten us.

“Holy Spirit, I trust in your power and in your love! Come to my aid. In my weakness, show the strength of your might!”

Psalm 106:6-7,13-14,21-23;

Matthew 15:21-28


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