Daily Reflection for Monday, October 19, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
Responsorial: Psalm 100:1-5
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Years ago while preparing a retreat with a group of women I’m blessed to know, things were going well and falling right into place. Wrapped up in communal energy and excitement, one of us exclaimed, “Oh, I just love it when God follows my plans!”
We immediately recognized this fallacy and laughed about it, but it revealed something that lurks quietly in my unconsciousness. As a good and faithful servant, I naturally want to please God. I’m like an over-achieving student saying, “Look at me, God! Look at the good work I’m doing!” When my gaze is set on being God’s star pupil, I begin to act as if I’m doing God a favor.
Ironically, the theme of that retreat was “Masterpiece,” and we hoped to affirm in retreatants that, “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live them.” Ephesians 2:10
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to please God, but we are called to a deeper maturing of faith. We are called to be open and available as blank canvases, so that God may work through us and guide us to follow his plans.
What prevents you from allowing God to lead the way? If you have tried to grab God’s paintbrush and claim his masterpiece as your own, prayerfully soften your grip. Live in the peace of knowing that God has prepared, and you are simply meant to live in his love.
May God’s Peace Be with You,