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November 30, 2021

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, November 30. 2021

Peace and blessings, friends and parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link: Click here.

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Romans 10:9-18
Responsorial: Psalm 19:8-11
Gospel: Matthew 4:18-22

Our reflection for Tuesday’s readings:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” Romans 10:15

Several years ago, I took a group of High School teens on a mission trip to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. It was a very powerful and very good experience. At the time, I was the youth minister at a parish. Most of my days were spent in the office, planning for the next youth event, going to meetings, and ministering with teens from the parish. All of that work is important, enjoyable and a part of what it means to be in ministry. But it was unlike my experience and the trip to Nazareth Farm.

Reflecting on the trip, I realized what was different. One of the main differences that really stood out for me was that I got to use my hands. Not the hands working a keyboard or answering a phone, but the hands that swung a hammer. The hands that got dirty and were tired and sore at the end of the day. And in both cases, they were hands of prayer.

Our hands are very much like our feet. Whether our hands are clenched in prayer or swinging a hammer. Whether we are standing in solidarity with others or marching in protest. We have to use them to make a difference in the world.

I recently came across a quote from Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry. He writes: “If love is your purpose . . . it was and still is the time to double down on prayer. Because prayer, real prayer, is both contemplative and active. . .  Part of that is working for a good, just, humane, and loving society. That means getting on our knees [to pray] . . . and it also means standing on our feet and marching in the streets. It means praying through participation in the life of our government and society. . .  Through fashioning a civic order that reflects goodness, justice, and compassion, and the very heart and dream of God for all of God’s children and God’s creation.”

How can we better use our feet in prayer to make a difference in the world?

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,
Tim Bush


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