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June 9, 2021

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, June 09, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/060921.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Responsorial:  Psalm 99:5-9
Gospel:  Matthew 5:17-19

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven      (Matthew 5:18)

Jesus came to fulfill the law.  Our Gospel today reminds us of this part of His mission. 

On my good days I can contend that to follow Jesus and live under Gods laws is not that difficult, and find gratitude that He spelled it out for us; first in the Old Testament in the 10 commandments and then in the New Testament with the addition of love God with your whole heart and love your neighbor.  How hard can that be?

Well, apparently a lot harder than most of us can fathom.  Hearing Jesus speak to those who will become “least in the Kingdom of heaven” makes me aware that this type of sin is a more frequent reality than I might like to acknowledge.  How many times a day do I look past or ignore even the “least of these commandments?”

Psalm 25 4b, 5a serves as the pre-gospel acclamation today: “Teach me your paths, my God, and guide me in your truth.”  Words of hope, words of purpose, words of renewal.  The Psalms are full of such responses.  Many of them would be well served taped to my mirror so that I begin each day filling my heart and spirit with His direction for me.  His guidance would surely keep me from wandering off the path of holiness and down the lane of sin. 

As I move through my day and find myself tempted to serve the god of commercialism or greed or power, the words “teach me your paths, my God” have profound impact.  When I choose to overlook the needs of my neighbor, perhaps a reminder to be “guided in His truth” will give me a chance to look again. 

This day, I pray for the wisdom to learn new ways to walk in greatness towards the Kingdom of heaven.  May the power of His Spirit help guide all our steps. 

In Heartfelt Joy,
Lynne Brennan

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