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October 16, 2020

Daily Reflection for Friday, October 16, 2020
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/101620.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading :Ephesians 1:11-14
Responsorial: Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13
Gospel: Luke 12: 1-7

Our reflection on Friday’s reading:

“In him you also, … were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession…” Ephesians 1:13-14.

My wife Terri is an avid quilter and has literally made hundreds of quilts in her lifetime. The quilts that she has gifted to others have evoked tears of joy and gratitude.  In her store, the walls were adorned with beautiful works that I have heard others refer to as “a gallery of possibility.”    Quilts comfort us, connect the maker with another person or family, and on occasion either tell a story or have a story connected to them.  Terri always asks the recipient of one of her quilts to put it to use and not let it lay in a drawer.

In today’s first reading, we are told that the Holy Spirit is “our first installment of our inheritance toward redemption.”  This undeserved gift is freely given, not earned.  The Holy Spirit is our comforter, informer of conscience, voice of wisdom, guidance counselor.  What a great gift from our maker, but only if we take in out of the drawer and use it.

Let us all become a gallery of possibility and “God’s possession” by accepting the gift of the Holy Spirit and putting it to work in our lives.

May you be comforted by Holy Spirit today.

Paul Gunn

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