Daily Reflection for Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31
Responsorial: Psalm 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15
Gospel: Luke 19:11-28
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“To everyone who has, more will be given…” Luke 19:26
Our parish has embarked on a three-year journey that started with our former pastor and is continuing with our current pastor. Two years ago, our focus was prayer in all its forms – to help us deepen our relationship with God and to discern His will. Last year, the focus was on vocation - ordination, religious life, marriage, or celibate single. This year the focus is on evangelization – to take God’s word outside of ourselves and into the world.
God planted the initial seed of faith into each of our souls. Each of us is given a different type of planted seed. God continues to shine His light on the seed, but the seed will not grow with only light – it is missing the other requirements for growth and life. God has given each of us the gifts of water, soil, fertilizer, pruning shears, and the other necessities for nurturing our seed in the quantities needed for our particular seed to thrive. Our prayer life is the water and soil necessary for the seed to sprout. Discernment of God’s will for our decision-making is the fertilizer that allows the continued growth. Finally, taking God’s word into our families, places of work, and communities (local and far away) is the pruning necessary to keep the plant healthy.
My brothers and sisters, each of us has been given a unique set of gifts from God, depending on the seed implanted within us at our birth. As we use those given gifts to glorify God, more gifts are given. We do not prune a plant seedling; the gift of pruning comes later. So it is with God – to everyone who has, more will be given.” What type of plant is your seed and is it growing as God desires?
May God grace each of us this day.
Deacon Bob Beyke