Daily Reflection for Friday, July 02, 2021
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: Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67
Responsorial: Psalm 106:1b-2, 3-4a, 4b-5
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“As Jesus passed by, 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’s Gospel gives us a wonderful example of Jesus’ calling Matthew to discipleship how easy it was for Matthew to answer Jesus’ call.
The call from Jesus is very strong! Matthew put his trust and faith in Jesus; he stopped his very lucrative profession as a tax collector and became Christ’s disciple. Matthew’s commitment to follow Jesus is a complete act of faith as he is faithful in becoming like our master.
There are many opportunities in life to refresh our memories or learn more about the need for Christian discipleship. We were reminded of Christ’s presence as we were traveling home from our Florida trip. We found ourselves in the Mississippi Welcome Center as we left the state of Alabama going west. We could just feel the warmth—attractively decorated and very warm atmosphere. The attendants welcomed us graciously and invited us to look around. Their hospitality made us want to stop and look at everything.
A very old pump organ caught our eyes, and we had to look closely. On the organ was a hymnal opened to the page that showed the songs, Jesus Calls Us and What a Friend. The pump organ and hymns brought back memories from my childhood. I (Dorothy) remember my grandmother playing hymns in church on a similar pump organ. No matter where we might be, there are subtle reminders of Christ’s presence everywhere.
As we follow Jesus, we pray to continue listening, praying, and reading the Bible no matter where we may be. I (Dorothy) am directionally challenged. God’s GPS always works; His GPS keeps us focused and on track. He gives us a gentle nudge to create an awareness of His presence. If we just listen for His call and follow Him, He will lead us in the right direction every time.
May we share the lyrics of the last verse of Jesus Calls Us.
Jesus Calls Us! By Thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.
Our Prayer: Dear Lord, may we learn to be alert for Jesus’ call and respond quickly without hesitation. May we follow God’s GPS for perfect, unfailing directions.
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander