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October 15, 2020

Daily Reflection for Thursday, October 15, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/101520.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Ephesians 1:1-10
Responsorial: Psalm 98:1-6
Gospel: Luke 11:47-54

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
… who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
(Ephesians 1:3)

The leaves are changing.  The maple tree outside my office window graces my view with leaves of green that are transforming into a bright yellow.  Some of the leaves seemed to have been touched gently by an artist.  It is almost as if a stroke of an artist’s skilled hand, brushed a border of orange on the foliage.  The trees are getting ready for colder temperatures and are ready to cut off the leaves that fed their strong and sturdy trunks during the spring and summer months.  They are naturally pruning themselves.  They once again move to their internal resources and let go of any excess.  They do so with such colorful grace.

I have a natural inclination to want to know more about trees.  They are tall and sturdy teachers for me as I come to understand their role in our human existential story.  This connection to trees has also strengthened me spiritually.  It is not too difficult for me to sense the presence of the Divine in the natural environment.

As stories of fires in California, of plots to kidnap and kill the governor of Michigan, and of increasing death rates from COVID-19 fill my newsfeeds I am tempted to find a hiding place.  Yet Paul, who wrote Ephesians from prison, reassures me that Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. Blessings that will carry me through the darkness of evil and the coldness of injustice.  He reminds me to go internal and tap into these spiritual blessings to navigate through these ever-changing times. 

The trees show me how to do this.  They let go of aspects of themselves that will no longer serve them in the winter.  The leaves that once were the vehicle for feeding them will kill deciduous trees if they stay on during the winter months.  Trees must find ways to separate themselves from the leaves that were such a big part of them in the summer.  They must rely on the internal food that will sustain them through the harsh west Michigan winter.  And as trees have evolved over thousands of years, they remain strong during cold and freezing temperatures.  While they seem to be dormant, I know they are active internally.  They are patiently waiting for signs of spring that will beckon the buds to open so that leaves may grow again.

May you move inward to discover God’s gift of spiritual blessings,
Margarita Solis Deal

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