Daily Reflection for Monday, July 12, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Exodus 1:8-14, 22
Responsorial: Psalm 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8
Gospel: Matthew 10:34-11:1
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.” Matthew 10:34
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, says he did not come to bring peace? He taught love, gave us baptism, communion, forgiveness, and left us with the Holy Spirit. God is love. What can Jesus mean with these words? Why is Jesus speaking of pitting loved ones against one another?
The first reading from Exodus tells us about the weakness of humankind. We destroy others to protect our way of life, our view of the world, and our judgements. A review of history, during any time period, anywhere in the world, tells us this is true regardless of religious affiliation.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells his disciples that he is now the divider. The Father sent Jesus and Jesus is the way to the Father.
Few people want to truly follow Jesus because it requires a change of heart. It requires living as Jesus taught and demonstrated. That is threatening and divisive to those who want to keep life as we’d like it to be. It certainly was challenging to the disciples who lived in close-knit Jewish families and communities. Today, we too, are challenged.
We live in a world with many Christian denominations and views on what it means to be Christian. One of the elements of Catholicism I love is the many ways we are called to serve the Lord.
There are millions of Catholics around the world, with millions of personal missions to live their faith. We are from different nations and cultures with different issues and concerns. Some of us are conservative and some are liberal. We are passionate about our calling, and we are divided.
Following Jesus’ teachings and example is difficult. Yet, following Jesus is the way to unify us in our separate missions. Our passion exists because God calls each of us. He sent Jesus to show us the way to fulfill God’s call.
Let us not squander our personal call from God by getting so excited about the mission that we forget Jesus is the blueprint for fulfilling it.
Blessings to you,