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July 5, 2022

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, July 05, 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070522.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13
Responsorial: Psalm 115:3-4, 5-6, 7AB-8, 9-10
Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

Years ago, before we had children, we subscribed to the Chamber Music Society of Pittsburgh. The concerts were reasonably priced and scheduled on weekday evenings. I remember rushing across town to the small Carnegie Museum Concert Hall to attend the concerts after a busy workday. Initially, I had difficulty concentrating, as if I was deaf to the music. The ensembles were typically only four musicians, so the sound was subtle compared to the noise of traffic and work life. It would take me a while before I could be present and hear the beautiful music. Our spiritual life is like that. Our worldly lives bellow with lots of activity. It takes concentration and grace to listen to what the Lord tells us.

Matthew recounts more than ten miracles of Jesus in chapters eight and nine. The last miracle described is a man whose deafness arises from his being possessed by a demon. Scripture always has a deeper meaning, so what is the Holy Spirit trying to teach me with these gospel stories of healing blindness, deafness, and dumbness? Spiritual illness is worse than physical illness, and the Pharisees represent us in this story. They are blind because they cannot see or do not want to see God at work in Jesus; deaf because they do not hear or want to understand what he says. And they are also dumb because they do not speak the words of life that Jesus gives them. This story is not for or about the Pharisees; it is for and about us.

I question my soul, is my emersion in the materialistic world keeping me spiritually blind, deaf, and unable to speak the good news of the love of Jesus?

Jesus calls us to pray for vocations by saying, "The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. So, ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." However, every baptized person is called to be a harvester, to help people find and experience the truth and love that God gives in Jesus. We all have a vocation, a call to serve and build the Kingdom.

Peace and Blessing,
Deacon John McShea

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