Daily Reflection for Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Responsorial: Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: Matthew 7:15-20
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15-16a.
What are the fruits of your actions? Do people feel like they received a hug from God after interacting with you? Do they experience the peace of Christ? If not that inspiring, do they at least feel a bit better about humankind?
Al and I are still on our cross-country road trip. This morning we drove through Denver in rush hour traffic. It was hectic with congested road construction and many frustrated drivers. At one point, Al needed to change lanes quickly and turned on his signal thinking there was no way we would make it in time for a turn. A man on our right side noticed Al’s turn signal and slowed down, flashing his lights so we would know to pull in ahead of him. We were both touched by his kind, thoughtful gesture. A few miles down the road, he passed us, and we noticed a Christian support group inscription on his car. We both said a quiet prayer for him and all the lives he touches.
The fruit of that man’s action was kindness, but it was more. There was a spiritual component to his action that reached beyond him and beyond us. The mood in our car changed. Our hopes were lifted for creating an uplifting day for my 93-year-old aunt who has suffered many losses this year. We enjoyed a peaceful, spirit filled day with Aunt Dee, visiting her husband’s grave and the home she had to give up, discussing her son’s recent death, and other traumas in her life. I believe that driver’s actions, the spirit he shared, contributed to the experience.
The message of the day for me was “We are in this Christian life together.”
Watch and learn. Even the smallest action or word has the power to lift or oppress, nourish or destroy.
Be aware of the spirit of others and the fruits they leave behind by their words and actions. Measure the results - of our own words and actions and the words and actions of others - with the Holy Spirit and Christ’s teachings. Are they life giving or spiritually destructive?
By their fruits you will know them.
By our fruits people will know us.
We choose how we want to interact with others and the spirit we leave with them.
The choice is yours. The choice is mine. Christ is counting on us.
Blessings to you,