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July 4, 2022

Daily Reflection for Monday, July 04, 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070422.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Hosea 2:16, 17C-18, 21-22
Responsorial: Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: Matthew 9:18-26

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all. Psalm 145:8-9

Ralph and I built a new house 20 years ago. At the time, the developer committed to planting two trees on the lot. One in the front yard and a second one between the curb and the sidewalk. When the subdivision was completed, the developer had failed to plant the second tree. Two or three years later, after pressure from our home-owners association, the second tree was finally planted.

About 18 months ago, the city decided to cut down some of those trees close to the curb. Ours was one of the trees that fell to the city’s chainsaws and woodchippers, leaving a stump.

Ralph never liked the tree and was glad when it was removed.

Very shortly after the tree was cut down, green leafy branches sprouted from the stump and began to grow with surprising speed. On seeing this, Ralph started a campaign to kill the plant. He cut the emerging growth away. He applied multiple applications of weed killers, to no avail. I thought he would eventually have to pull the stump out of the ground.  However, unwilling to go to that expense, he decided to drill a hole in the stump, pour gasoline into the hole and light it up.

Due to a recent health issue, he was unable to do this himself so he meant to have one of our sons do it when he came by to take care of some other chores that Ralph couldn’t do. To Ralph’s dismay, our son forgot to take care of the stump.

A few days later, when one of our other sons came by, Ralph directed him to light up the stump. When he went to do so, he found that the “call-before-you dig” people had just put flags in our front yard indicating where utility lines were located. There was a bright yellow flag on top of the stump. It read, “buried gas line.”

As we go about our daily lives, we really have no idea just how merciful God is to us. I’m pretty sure our neighbors had no idea how close we all came to disaster.

Thank you, Father, for all those times you have spared us from unperceived calamities.

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, let us give thanks for the many freedoms and blessings we enjoy in our beloved country, the United States of America.

Peace to you dear friends!
Melissa Kittrell

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