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November 20, 2020

Daily Reflection for Friday, November 20, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112020.cfm


If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
Revelations 10:8-11
Psalms 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
Luke 19:45-48

Our reflection on Friday’s reading:
“How sweet to my taste is your promise!”  Psalm 119:103a

One of the blessings of being retired is being able to spend more time with my grandkids. It is fun to joke about letting them come to our house so we can spoil them and pass them back to the parents to get them straightened out.  However, it is very clear that when they spend a whole week with us, boundaries must be set.  Without boundaries things can become very chaotic indeed!

After pondering the readings, I realize that I need boundaries, too.  Scriptures generally provide boundaries to guide me.  They challenge me to live within the boundaries that God establishes. The readings today talk about the how God’s words are sweet to my taste, and yet when I choose to stray outside the boundaries that those words imply, the conflict will “turn my stomach sour!” Revelation 10:5.

In the gospel, Jesus calls out the corruption of the temple saying, “My house should be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” Jesus is setting a boundary for us to consider the temple a sacred place of prayer and community.  For me, this boundary is not confined to the temple in Jesus’ time or even to our current church sanctuary. These sacred spaces are where two or more are gathered in His name such as our small Christian communities.  They are in our home, at the dinner, and personally in our heart.

As I search for scriptural boundary and guidance for my post-election response, I remember the Sunday reading about a month ago when Jesus taught us what is the greatest commandment. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 24:36-39.   I believe that if I can make this my post-election mantra, I can do my part in healing a very divided nation.

Do you fine helpful boundaries in scripture?  How do they guide your daily living?

Lord, how sweet to my taste is your promise.

Paul Gunn

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