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August 19, 2022

Daily Reflection for Friday, August 19, 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/081922.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Responsorial: Psalm 107:2-9
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40

Our reflection on Friday’s reading:
“I will put my spirit in you that you may live..” Ezekiel 37:14

The first reading today makes me question whether I truly let God’s spirit direct my life!  Ezekiel’s “dry bones” narrative gives a sharp contrast of living by going through the motions and living by inviting God’s spirit into our being and letting it animate our lives.

In Ezekiel’s vision, he sees God assemble the dry bones in the desert into apparent beings that seemed fully formed, but God saw that “there was no spirit in them” Ezekiel 37:8  I liken this state of being to many of the days that I would go through the motions living my life but perhaps void of the spirit of God animating my actions.  Days like these lack purpose and direction.  I live from hour to hour maybe doing things right but perhaps missing doing the right things!

As the vision continues, God breathes his spirit into the beings and they truly become a hopeful and living people again.  It is one thing for God to place his spirit in us.  However, we must also accept God’s invitation into his spirit.  His spirit is available to all, but we must welcome it into our souls.  Then, the spirit can transform us into a hopeful, fully present, fully animated people that serve God.

It is clear that when we turn our back on God’s spirit, we wander about aimlessly and without purpose.  May you find God’s spirit in you animating your actions today.

I will put my spirit in you that you may live.  Ezekiel 37:14

Paul Gunn

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