Daily Reflection for Friday, July 30, 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: Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37
Responsorial: Psalm 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11ab
Gospel: Matthew 13:54-58
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Matthew 13:55
After a nearly two-year absence, my wife and I recently traveled to Pittsburgh to see family. My wife's mother -- our only surviving parent – and four of my sisters, my wife's brother and sisters and all their families, and many cousins all live in Pittsburgh. We had a busy weekend visiting and making up for the lost time. It was beautiful to see and hug our families.
Our family probably sees me as brother Johnny or cousin Johnny as I was to them growing up in Pittsburgh and not Deacon John, and that is understandable. In our Gospel reading today, Jesus faces contempt born of familiarity, limiting the healing that the people of his “native place” were able to receive from Jesus. It was just too much a leap of faith that God could work through a person whom they thought was already so familiar to them. They thought they knew Jesus, and they missed Christ in their midst.
We can challenge ourselves by applying this scripture lesson to our own lives by turning to the person we are most familiar with: ourselves. Do we dismiss our opportunities to be Christ to others because we see ourselves as just normal, or average or not particularly important?
Lord, help me see myself as you see me: a disciple called to fulfill your will and bring about the Kingdom.
Love and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea