Daily Reflection for Friday, July 01, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday's readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Amos 8:4-6, 9-12
Responsorial: Psalm 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
Our reflection on Friday's readings:
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9
Today, Jesus is calling each one of us just as He called Matthew. By Christ’s special invitation, we are called to live as Catholic disciples of Jesus Christ. He is saying, “Follow me.” Even though we responded to Jesus’ call years ago, we still must continue to follow Him in our daily walks through life.
During recent travel as we were escaping the Arizona heat, we looked for churches to attend Mass. Little did we know that following Christ by attending church in Beaver Creek, Colorado, would become an eye-opening experience. Driving to the beautiful church, Chapel at Beaver Creek on Elk Track Road early one morning found us staring with wide eyes as we approached the sign “LIVE BEARS.” We didn’t turn back since others were driving behind us. We wanted to be brave and prayed for God’s protection from the bears. The address of the church—Elk Track Road—gave us a clue that there might be animals around but not bears! The church was very welcoming, the homily was great, and having the opportunity to partake of the Eucharist with other followers was what we needed.
Further on and being so close to Salt Lake City, Utah, we decided to go to the Latter Day Saints Family History Library to find out more about our ancestors. Everywhere on the grounds, we found Christ’s followers: there were young men and women tour guides professing faith in Christ.
Following Christ daily enhances our faith in the Church and community. Being an active member and writer of the bulletin for Catholic Daughters of America allows me (Dorothy) to live up to the motto, “In Unity and Charity.” Involvement allows for fun activities and fundraising events to help the needy. As faithful worshippers and followers, we can also learn from the prophet Amos—the prophet for social justice. Amos’s key idea is that our impartial God will judge us on how faithfully we follow God’s call to be actively engaged with the poor and afflicted—a precursor to Jesus’ Beatitudes teachings.
Reflecting on the gospel and our recent experiences, how do we answer these questions:
- Can we be as Matthew, quickly getting up when called to follow Christ?
- Are we leaving room for Jesus each day to have a faith-filled Christian life and inspired to live the Beatitudes such as “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." and “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
- Do we include Him as we make our daily plans and ask Him for guidance and follow His path even in away-from-home surroundings?
May I share lyrics from one of Dorothy’s mother’s favorite hymns, Softly and Tenderly:
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling for you and for me
See on the portals He's waiting and watching, Watching for you and for me.
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander