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October 14, 2020

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101420.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Galatians 5:18-25
Responsorial:  Psalm 1:1-4 and 6
Gospel:  Luke 11:42-46

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry,
but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.
 (Luke 11:46)

It is so much easier to be the teacher than the learner.  I am not saying that teaching is easy, not by any means.  I am simply making the observation that being in the role of teacher places one in the position of authority and somewhat of control.  Personally I have noticed when I share a “lesson” in front of a group, audience or classroom more than once, I gain more confidence and add more expression to my thoughts than simply what is prepared on my lesson plan.

In the Gospel for today, Jesus is speaking to both the Pharisees and the scholars who studied and proclaimed the law for the people of the time.  I think these sentiments hold true for today as well.  At times it appears easier to “spout” what the law is and how people should be held accountable for that law without really processing the situation or dynamics involved by those with the authority to practice the law.  Those on the receiving end can become frustrated and discouraged by the lack of “being heard” or even noticed.

The scholars of the law wanted to be vindicated and not lumped in with Jesus’ message to the Pharisees.  Instead, they were quickly rebuked and admonished to not add to the burden of the common people.  I believe that Jesus wants us to see that He is speaking about complacency in general.  We are all at risk of becoming complacent.  Typically for me, any time I find myself saying “surely not I, Lord,” is an opportunity for me to look and dig a little deeper for my true motivations.

I, too, find it easier to name the law at times rather than take the time to go a layer deeper--to dive into what the law might be calling me to do in actuality today.  How might I ease my neighbors’ burden rather than add to it in the ways I speak and act? 

Lord, help me to be your servant here on Earth; a set of eyes, a pair of hands, a couple legs, two ears, a mouth, open mind and a big heart to help others see you through me.

In Heartfelt Joy,
Lynne Brennan

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