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June 18, 2020

Daily Reflection for Thursday, June 17, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/061820.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Sirach 48:1-14
Responsorial: Psalm 97:1-7
Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings: 
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

The Our Father is a prayer that was taught to me by my parents and by the many ministry leaders that I have had the pleasure to meet.  I know the prayer in English and in Spanish and I have participated in liturgies where it was recited in Mandarin and in Aymaran.

It is also a prayer that races over and over again in my mind when I am under a lot of pressure, feeling a lot of anxiety, or feeling fearful.  The rhythm and cadence of the prayer and the words themselves tend to calm my soul.

In our present moment, I hear the words that make up this prayer with a deeper connection to it.  I especially have my ear close to the words “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  At this time when a pandemic has swept our world and when the wounds of racism are oozing and in need of deep care and healing, I hear a greater urgency and a great call in  this prayer that Jesus directly teaches us today.

On earth as it is in heaven means that I need to do my part so that heaven and earth collide and become one.  The prayer is calling me to be part of the solution, to break silence, and to move into contemplative action.  I do believe this prayer is calling me to do my part so that heaven and earth have a chance to collide and to create something more beautiful than we have ever known.  We have so much work to do.  And no matter how many times I have recited this prayer, God is calling me to respond to it, as if I am hearing it for the first time.

May you be part of making something beautiful happen today,

Margarita Solis Deal

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