Daily Reflection for Monday, June 21, 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: Genesis 12:1-9
Responsorial: Psalm 33:12-13, 18-20, 22
Gospel: Matthew 7:1-5
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
“You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5
Recently while I was fixing lunch, I noticed the teenager at the kitchen table was glaring at me.
“Mama, don’t leave the refrigerator door standing open! Ugh. You’re a hypocrite in about 27 different ways.”
Curious about the specificity of “27,” I challenged her to name the top 13. The first half dozen or so flowed easily. Then her pace slowed, and she became more thoughtful. “You do this, but it’s another form of that, so I won’t count it.” I joined her brainstorming. “Oh! I do this ALL the time. That’s a bad one.” We didn’t struggle to get to 13, but our enthusiasm waned before we reached 27.
My father had a sign in his print shop that said, “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.” (Muhammad Ali) The counter to that is, “It’s hard not to be humble when you’re a parent.” Even on days when I’m not intentionally enumerating my faults with help from a kid, there is a constant mental list growing in my brain. “I forgot to call her doctor this morning. I shouldn’t have spoken so harshly to him. I should’ve made sure she ate a better breakfast. …”
But while fussing over the countless “splinters” in my eye, I’m still ignoring the wooden beam. I obsess about small slights and petty offenses, but I hesitate to go deeper to find the source of those irritants. I’m most likely to splinter when I haven’t been sitting quietly with God. It sounds like a simple fix, but in reality, it seldom is.
Lord, please help me puzzle together the “splinters” that form a giant beam separating me from you. Help me rest in knowing that your peace resides in me, and guide me to slow down and notice your presence.
May God’s Peace Be with You,