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July 5, 2021

Daily Reflection for Monday, July 05, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070521.cfm 

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 28:10-22a
Responsorial: Psalm 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15ab
Gospel: Matthew 9:18-26

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
He will call upon me and I will answer; I will be with him in distress. Psalm 91:15

Sometimes as we go through our daily activities, we get caught up in whatever it is we’re doing and perhaps don’t give much thought to the fact that God is always and at every moment thinking of us. He directs us into the circumstances and situations that are best for us. He is always guiding us to a more abundant life. Although his working may be contrary to what we think we need, he knows and does what is best for those who love him. He is mindful of us even when we aren’t mindful of him.

I am extremely claustrophobic. At one time my niece was the coordinator of the Penn Relays, an annual track and field event held at the University of Pennsylvania. She invited my sister (her mother) and me to attend. Midway through the events, she escorted us to the VIP suite which was in a building on the other side of the track. We got there, had food, met some people and after an hour or so my sister and I headed back to our seats. As we started through a narrow walkway, we encountered a huge crowd of people surging toward us while the crowd behind us pinned us against the crowd in front of us. We were packed in so tight that I couldn’t move. Each group pushed against us trying to get through. I have seldom been so terrified in my life.

In my distress, I cried out, “Lord Jesus, help me.” In the same instance, a cool steady stream of air wafted toward me. As I breathed it in, it filled me with peace, and I became calm. Seconds later, the crowd somehow started to disburse both in front and behind us. We continued to our seats without further impedance.

She will call on me and I will answer; I will be with her in distress.

I bless the Lord for that experience because he proved to me that no matter the distress, he is always with me and mindful of my every need.

I pray that you too, dear friends, know how wonderful it is to rest in his care.

Peace be with you, always.

Melissa Kittrell

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