Daily Reflection for Thursday, June 10, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:
Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time | USCCB
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Cor3:15-4;1, 3-6
Responsorial Psalm: 85:9ab, 10-14
Gospel: Matthew 5:20-26
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18
I asked for help a few days ago in the yard and I got it. My next move was to grumble and internally stew for the remainder of the afternoon because the help didn’t meet my expectations. (Turns out my expectations of the specific helper were unreasonable, but that detail doesn’t fit with my someone-did-something-to-me-to-put-me-in-a-sour-mood narrative.) Regardless of where it falls on the spectrum of heavy hurt or lighter frustration, I find they sure do nag and always seem to consume a disproportionate amount of time and mental stewing bandwidth in proving over and over to myself exactly how I was slighted or offended.
I was just talking with my family recently about how our current political, religious, gender identity, foreign policy, education, fiscal, immigration, you-name-it milieu is so polarized and how this reality affords ever-diminishing thresholds to easily offend or be offended. The ease with which we humans stay in judgement of others, love to think we are right, and tightly carry our hurts at the hands of others, make a literal interpretation of the Gospel message reconciling all hurts a Sisyphean ask.
The veil imagery strikes an interesting chord, though, doesn’t it? On the one hand we are given free will and, therefore, the freedom to choose as our values and our emotions dictate. On the other hand, the more we “go it alone,” the more we are blinded by the veil of our imperfect judgement. The Gospel commentary suggests that the verb gazing may also be translated “contemplating as in a mirror” and would suggest that the mirror is Christ himself. Because of our humanness, until we submit to His grace, we will fall short both of initiative and full reconciliation with others every time. Choosing freely but without surrender to Him results in veiled hearts while, ironically, submission to Him yields the freedom and the vision to see the shining light out of darkness illuminating the entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
So the challenging question is, what about you? What grudge are you currently and perhaps stubbornly nursing? And how might the mirror image of Christ himself be useful to you?