Daily Reflection for Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link: Click here.
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 7:1-9
Responsorial: Psalm 48:2-8
Gospel: Matthew 11:20–24
Our reflection for Tuesday’s readings:
“Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail …” Isaiah 48:4
I am not necessarily a “doomsdayer.” I like to err on the side of hope. But our world is troubled. My world is troubled. And it seems that erring on the side of hope is hard to do these days.
Lately I have been thinking and wondering if our world is in more turmoil now than at other points in history. For example, the 1960’s. There was plenty of turmoil going on then, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement among other things. I am sure there was plenty of division in our country and in our world. I was only eight when the last troops were pulled from Vietnam in 1973, so I wasn’t fully aware of the turmoil going on. I am sure it had to be there. My world, through the eyes of an eight-year-old, was undisturbed, calm, and tranquil.
Isaiah's words today offer me some comfort and remind me to err on the side of hope. Isaiah reminds me to stand firm in my faith. Faith should offer us hope, not despair. Jesus often preached about having child-like qualities of faith: trust, joy, awe and wonder, undying love, and eternal hope.
Today and always, let’s pray that our world, my world, and your world, become places of child-like joy and tranquility.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,