Daily Reflection for Thursday, October 17, 2019
|Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101719.cfm
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Romans 3:21-30
Responsorial: Psalm 130:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6AB
Gospel: Luke 11:47-54
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive. (Psalm 130: 1B-2)
Do you ever have one of those days? The days where you just do not feel you are measuring up to someone else’s expectations or perhaps to your own. Where you want to just shut down the negative self-images but they do not go away. The kind of day where the heaviness of loneliness and grief is so strong that you just cry out from the depths of your soul.
This is how I read today’s Psalm. Messages of trust, waiting, and forgiving ring strong and true in today’s Psalm. The reading reminds me that the heaviness of loneliness and grief is temporary, yet the love of God is eternal.
The return to that love is not an easy journey, especially when the feelings become overwhelming. Discovering spiritual practices that help us to return to God’s love and rest ALWAYS helps me. I will use today’s Psalm as my prayer this week: to calm my soul, to clear my thoughts, and to trust in God’s everlasting embrace of love.
May you cry out to God today; God is listening,