Daily Reflection for Thursday, June 30, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Amos 7:10-17
Responsorial: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. Psalm19:8b
My daddy was born in a village called Halidayborro in Southern Illinois in 1918. His father was a coal miner and Baptist preacher with a persistent, deeply abiding anger toward the white man. My grandmother was a gentle soul who embodied the finest Christian virtues. Daddy was mostly like his mother. Considering what he was forced to endure as a Black man in mid-century America, I would have expected him to be more like his father.
From my earliest remembrances of him, he walked with God. By the grace of God and his mother’s prayers, he learned to lean completely on the Lord for guidance. Though he was exceedingly intelligent, he saw himself as he was…a simple man who needed help to live a successful life; to provide for his family and to protect us from the ugliness and danger that was never far from his thoughts. He wisely sought and received that guidance from the Lord.
There is a lesson in my daddy’s life for us all. As our society spirals ever more deeply into the depths of hedonism, greed, and darkness, to survive and thrive, we must seek our thoughts, words and deeds from Christ.
When society would distract us with social media, seduce us with ever more captivating amusements, and subtlety erode our resolve against what is evil, we must habitually go into our secret closets and seek the Lord in prayer and silently meditate on his Word. The more we do this, the more receptive we will become to hearing his voice and gaining direction for our lives.
No matter how righteous we think we are, we must see ourselves as we are…simple beings who can only find wisdom in the trustworthy decrees of the Lord.
Unto you all, peace dear friends!