Daily Reflection for Thursday, June 17, 2021
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: 2 Corinthians 11:1-11
Responsorial: Psalm 111:1b-2, 3-4, 7-8
Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
“. . .Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8
I have heard today’s Gospel reading many times. Jesus teaches us how to pray. It is a simple and private prayer that invites us to trust in God’s goodness. It calls us to forgive so that we come to God with a clean heart, mind, and spirit.
Before Jesus guides us to pray, He starts with this invitation; “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” This is where my spirit leans today. It is in this passage that I hear God saying over and over again, let go and trust, let go and trust, let go and trust.
As I write this, I think of the many people in my life who are great examples and demonstrate great trust in God. They seem to have this belief that God knows what they need before they even go to prayer.
The life journey of my mother comes quickly to my mind as an example. Widowed at 48 and onset of Alzheimer’s in her late 60s, it seems that God was always one step ahead of her. She experienced such great joy in her life and was able to sustain that joy even during the dark days. I now wonder if her ability to live with joy was because she knew how to let go and trust that God knows what we need before we ask.
The practice of letting go and trust is something I am finally learning. Today’s reading calmed my fears and helped me to rest in this sacred trust. Let go and trust, let go and trust, let go and trust.
God knows what you need. May you go to God always.