Daily Reflection for Tuesday, October 1, 2019
|Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Zechariah 8:20-23
Responsorial: Psalm 87:1-7
Gospel: Luke 9:51-56
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
"Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." Zechariah 8:23
On several occasions I have met someone that shines so brightly with the light of Christ that their joy in the spirit is evident and healing to all who encounter them. Often those people are religious monks or nuns. However, sometimes it is a person fully engaged in this world but free of its worries because of their deep faith in God. My heart’s response to meeting these people is: Wow, I want what they have. I want to effuse the light and joy of Christ and share it with all.
In today’s Gospel James and John want to punish the Samaritans because they refused to be hospitable to Jesus and his apostles, but Jesus rebuked them and had them move on to another village. Jesus is teaching us to move on from judgmentalism and retribution and continue our path to the cross.
Part of evangelizing is living our faith. Saint Francis Of Assisi said: “The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.” I once heard a visiting Protestant say that when he first came to Mass at Saint Monica he was overwhelmed by the sight of grown men falling to their knees to adore and show love for the Blessed Sacrament. He knew he wanted what those Saint Monica parishioners had. His response was to convert to Catholicism though RCIA at the Easter Vigil. LORD, help us to share the light of Christ with others that they too can feel and share your love.
Let us share the joy of Christ with all. Amen.
Deacon John McShea