Daily Reflection for Tuesday, August 16, 2022
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Ezekiel 28:1-10
Responsorial: Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36
Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
. . . for God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
As part of a group study, I’ve been reading a book entitled Faith and Evolution which explores the relationship between Christian tradition and the exciting new discoveries in the natural sciences. I admit to grasping a mere fraction of the challenging content. Nevertheless, the concepts about God and evolution are expansive and breathtaking.
Today’s gospel recalls two of the book’s easier-to-understand propositions:
- that at every moment, all of creation is utterly dependent on God for its very existence
- that God is a constant and benevolent Presence within creation
In today’s passage, Jesus shocks Peter and the disciples by stating: It will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus doesn’t expand on the reason for this statement but I’m reminded of the parable we heard a few Sundays ago about the rich man who built larger barns to hold his bountiful harvest only to die the same night he completed his project. That man failed to recognize his total dependence on God for his harvest and for his very life.
Remembering my dependence on God and God’s benevolent presence keeps me grounded in the absolute truth about who I am before God. I’m not suggesting a passive, childish dependence in which I expect God to resolve my concerns. No—God has placed me where I am in history with the expectation that I’ll play my role in advancing His Kingdom. I’m assured God’s grace is with me in my efforts.
Remembering my dependence on God and God’s benevolent presence also invites me to new freedom. God wants me to let go of my obsessive worrying about the future. God wants me to let go of my obsessive self-reliance which leaves so little room for God “who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
Lord, increase my trust in Your love, Your goodness, and Your grace. You have placed me in this unique time and place in Your vast creation. Open my eyes to the work You created me to carry out each day and surround me with Your Presence that I may accomplish it. Amen.
Wishing you God’s blessings,