Daily Reflection for Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Peace and Blessings, friends and parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link: Click here.
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 12:1-11
Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-9
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
Our reflection for Tuesday’s readings:
“I have competed well; I have finished the race … The Lord stood by me and gave me strength … To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:7, 17, 18
I am a runner, amateur at best. I like to get out several times during the week and then do a longer run on the weekend. I’ll do an occasional road race. But I really enjoy doing half-marathons. I have done five full marathons. The last one I did was in November 2019. For us amateur runners, somewhere around mile 19 or 20, we hit a proverbial “wall.” It is not a pleasant sensation. Your body just seems to lose all energy and strength to finish the last 6 miles. In my last marathon I hit the wall hard. Even with all the preparation and training, you can’t be prepared for it. I just had to find the strength and endurance to finish. I remember crossing the finish line and collapsing in my wife’s arms and saying no more marathons. I am still running. Just not full marathons.
I have hit many “walls” during my race to seek Truth. Some of the walls are easy to climb over. But some of the walls need not only a bit more strength, but trust and courage, to climb over. Especially the walls where we can’t see what is on the other side.
Today, I find myself climbing one of those walls. After 12 years of teaching here at St. Monica, I have decided to step away from teaching. I don’t have another job lined up. I am climbing a wall not knowing what is on the other side. I am currently climbing with trust and courage that the Spirit will guide me.
Today and always, let’s pray for each other to find the strength, endurance, trust, and courage to finish the race.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,