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June 14. 2021

Daily Reflection for Monday, June 14, 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/061421.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10
Responsorial: Psalm 98: 1, 2b, 3ab, 3cd-4
Gospel: Matthew 5: 38-42

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
“Brothers and sisters:  As your fellow workers, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”  2 Corinthians 6:1

You and I received the grace of God at our baptism and confirmation.  As Catholics, we receive grace through the Eucharist and other sacraments.  As children of God, we receive moments of grace throughout life.  Grace-filled moments and events change our lives and the experiences of those around us.

As I look back over my life, there are certainly times when I felt or experienced Christ in my life. They were high points in my personal story.  But in today’s scripture, Paul appeals to the Christian community then and to us, the current Christian community.  Paul calls on all of us, as fellow workers of Christ, to honor the grace we are given.

How could we receive the grace of God in vain?  What could cause it to fall away from us rather than soak into our hearts?  When we are unaware and distracted from God, grace can be wasted. When we are focused on the ways of the world or our own selfish desires above awareness of God’s presence, his grace is shoved aside.  Grace is freely given but never forced.  Grace seeks an open, trusting heart. 

Humbly recognizing God’s grace, gives us everything needed, for ourselves and for others. With each life event and every interaction with another event and person, we are provided with strength, courage, empathy, acceptance, words, vision, and a powerful connection to God, to name a few of the graces offered. 

As Christians, we are workers for God helping bring souls to the Father.  Grace is the bridge for that to happen.  Grace helps me, with all my human failings, get out of God’s way, so he can work through me to touch others.
 
Brothers and sisters, God gives us his grace to help bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.  It begins in our hearts and extends into the world as we allow God to touch others through us.  Let us not receive the grace of God in vain!

Blessings to you,
Ruth Mytty

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