Daily Reflection for Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners.
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday's readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Sirach 35:1-12
Responsorial: Psalm 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 and 23
Gospel: Mark 10:28-31
Our reflection on Tuesday's readings:
In today's readings, the Prophet Sirach says, "Give to the Most high as he has given to you, generously, according to your means." (Sirach 35:9) In the Gospel, the disciples say: "We have given up everything and followed you." (Mark 10:28)
My reaction to those passages was that I certainly haven't "given up everything" to follow Jesus. Nor have I given to God as God has given to me. I felt like a very inadequate disciple.
But in reflection, I recalled a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. While Margot and I walked a path across the harsh, rocky hillside we were aware of how the brutal winters and short growing seasons changed what could grow there, yet there was an abundance of tiny blue flowers. In that environment, if they tried to be lush roses, they'd fail and die. If they didn't persist in being what God created them to be -- tiny blue flowers -- they'd fail and die. They, and we, serve God by accepting both opportunities and limitations -- by fulfilling their God-given potential -- no more, no less. They are the essence of humility.
Peter and the other apostles were called to the same thing . . . and so are we. I'm called to accept being what God created me to be, and to accept the "environment" in which I was planted -- the particular challenges of my life. God forgives me for my failings and wants me to focus on fulfilling my life as He created me.
In humility, I must simply do the best I can do, to be the best version of myself today.
And that leads to another thought, how I have seen others focus on giving according to their means, as gifts of themselves. There are countless gifts that are shared every day:
Those who share their sense of humor give the gift of laughter.
Those who listen with compassion give solace by lifting burdens of anxiety or worry.
Those who tend flowers and gardens or feed the birds give others the beauty and delight of creation.
Those who express themselves through art, music, and writing provide comfort, pleasure and inspiration. Those who live simply preserve the gift of Nature for all.
When I give of my unique self as God intended, I give to the Most High, generously, according to my means.
Peace, my friends,