Daily Reflection for Friday, October 18, 2019
|Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Timothy 4:10-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:10-13, 17, 18
Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me.”
2 Timothy 4:16
St. Monica parishioners have been participating in an archdiocesan pilot initiative called Catholic Accompaniment and Reflection Experience (CARE). The mission of this program is to connect volunteers with “community members who are undocumented immigrants, unaccompanied children, and their families in need of accompaniment and emotional, social service, and spiritual support when integrating into communities or attempting to comply with immigration proceedings.”*
As we celebrate the Feast of St. Luke today, I feel especially attracted and called to CARE. The gospel message describes Jesus sending His disciples out in pairs to every place He intended to visit, warning that not everyone would be glad to see them and they would be “like lambs among wolves.” When writing his second letter to Timothy, Paul was imprisoned and nearing the time of his execution. Although he was lonely, he remained faithful that his suffering was not in vain and that his followers would continue the mission of spreading the Gospel message, even after he was gone.
Paul had tremendous faith. He recognized that God had strengthened him before and would continue to uphold him, but in his final days, he wanted to be surrounded by other believers. There wasn’t anything Timothy or Luke or Mark could do, in practical terms, to change Paul’s circumstances, but he wanted them near for their emotional and spiritual support.
If I have eyes to see, I notice I am surrounded by community members who are in complicated situations that make them like lambs among wolves, longing like Paul for the presence of a spiritual companion. When I am able to do more, such as offering emotional, social service, or spiritual support, I pray that I will be open to doing so.
Who in my life needs my support? Even if there is nothing of practical use I can offer, help me to be open to being near and strengthening the faith of those on difficult journeys or in dire situations.
May God’s Peace Be With You,