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November 23, 2022

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, November 23 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends, and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112322.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Revelation 15:1-4
Responsorial: Psalm 98:1, 2-3AB, 7-8, 9
Gospel: Luke 21:12-19

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“I myself will give you wisdom in speaking.”  Luke 21:15

In the first reading John describes his heavenly visions in which he saw the Lord God’s just and true ways. He saw that all nations will come and worship before the Lord for His righteous acts have been revealed.
 
The Responsorial Psalm today is also inspiring. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God! The Psalm declares the Lord’s kindness and faithfulness, stating that the Lord will come to earth and rule with justice and equity.

These readings sound like healing balm for our divided, cruel world.

However, the Gospel follows and describes how painful this world becomes with hatred, division, and persecution. We see that pain in the current world: wars, famine, and many forms of cruelty and injustice. We also experience pain in our inner circle of friends, family and community with division, judgement, cruel actions, and words.

How can I respond?

In the Gospel, Jesus says “you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, I myself will give you wisdom in speaking that your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.”

This sounds like a miracle.  Are there words I can use to reduce the power of evil in ordinary, everyday situations? Yes . . . but they cannot be my words. My opinions, beliefs and desires are no match for “in the moment” evil. I need to get Ruth out of God’s way and wait for Jesus and God’s guidance.

 I could memorize the Bible and quote scripture, but my preaching most likely will not change hearts or opinions unless those are the words Jesus wanted used at that moment. I could prepare with statistics to back up my claims that injustice, division, and retaliatory actions do not improve the world, but others will have their own statistics that contradict mine, so we will end up back where we started with no bridge between us.

Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus is the bridge. Jesus will provide the wisdom needed in responding to this world. We just need to wait and connect with the heart of Jesus so he can use our voices.

Blessings to you,
Ruth Mytty

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