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November 29, 2021

Daily Reflection for Monday, November 29, 2021
 
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112921.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Isaiah 2:1-5
Responsorial:  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel:  Matthew 8:5-11

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.  Matthew 8:8

Decades ago, when I returned to Mass, the reception of the Eucharist was emotionally overwhelming, and I often approached the Eucharistic ministers in tears. I felt like the prodigal son and could feel Jesus welcoming me back. One prayer that met my situation precisely was: "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed." I was deeply touched when we prayed these words and had faith that Jesus would heal me. This prayer paraphrases the words in today's Gospel that the Roman centurion spoke when he asked the Lord to heal his sick servant.

Like the centurion, we need great faith to believe that Jesus can and will heal us. I must confess that I have not physically heard Jesus say the words that heal my soul, but I feel relief after praying that prayer and grace after receiving the Blessed Sacrament.

Now years later I do not feel any more worthy to receive the Body of Jesus, but my emotional storms have evolved into devotion for the Eucharist and I know that many of you also feel that devotion.

We can take special comfort in Jesus’ prediction that “many will come from the East and the West to recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 8:11] I believe that we are among those many from the East and the West.

Peace and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea

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