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August 11, 2021

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, August 11, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081121.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Responsorial:  66:1-3a, 5 and 8, 16-17
Gospel:  Matthew 18:15-20

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

Where do I gather?  With whom do I gather?  What is my purpose for gathering?  In spite of all the potential answers to these questions, do I first remember to ask God to be with me in my gathering?

Clearly today’s message speaks to this inclusion as being an essential piece of any gathering or prayer.  For if we gather in community and discern about that for which we are praying, then the prayer of our hearts will be answered. “If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.” (Matthew 18:19)

I feel so very blessed to have experienced the power of community and discernment from living in the midst of community.  It looks so very different than just me making a decision for myself.  Some very real recent examples include a time that I was wrestling with my work and seeking wisdom on next steps.  Having my community ask me clarifying questions and point out some of the really awesome opportunities afforded me in this job, helped me to realize that “the grass is not always greener” and to remain steadfast in my work and constant in my prayer.  God’s answer would be revealed in His time. 

Another example is in sharing my life journey as a parent with others who share my faith and value system.  I am most likely hardest on my own children and sometimes my expectations can be too high.  Seeing my children through the eyes of others who love and care about them, helps me to step back and get a clearer perspective. 

God’s wisdom remains profound and worth leaning into.  Won’t you please join me this beautiful day, in gathering with two or more in His name?  He will be right there in our midst! 

In Heartfelt Joy,
Lynne Brennan

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