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October 20, 2020

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102020.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Ephesians 2:12-22
Responsorial: Psalm 85:9-14
Gospel: Luke 12:35-38

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.   Luke 12:37

The Covid 19 pandemic has disrupted so many of our routines. My husband complains that he still finds it hard to organize the day because each day seems so much like the one before it. That sameness fosters a sense of ennui and feelings of listlessness.

Today’s gospel can serve as a wake-up call to the importance of the daily.  Jesus says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival” (Luke 12:37). 
 
Scripture repeatedly tells us that each day is important. They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23). The Lord’s Prayer speaks of daily bread—a recognition that we need to find God’s sustenance in the events of our daily lives. Like the Israelites in the desert, God’s manna/grace is offered to us daily but only if we receive it and let it nourish is in the present moment.
 
So it is with the servants in today’s gospel.  Their faithfulness to their ordinary duties brings an amazing reward. In a stunning role reversal, Jesus says the master will have them recline at table and proceed to wait on them himself. In other words, the servants don’t have to do anything heroic or dramatic. By simply remaining faithful to their ordinary tasks they will win their reward.

So often we think the saints achieved their holiness through dramatic actions, and many of them did. But other saints arrived at holiness in more ordinary ways. St. Thérèse of Lisieux reported that Christ was most abundantly present to her not “during my hours of prayer…but in the midst of my daily occupations.” Brother Lawrence cultivated his deep sense of God’s presence while working for 30 years in his monastery kitchen.

In a small book entitled The Quotidian Mysteries, * author Kathleen Norris reflects on how God saves and transforms us precisely in the routine of our ordinary lives. She uses the example of marriage but the same could be said of life’s other tasks and commitments: “It is not in romance but in routine that the possibilities for transformation are made manifest. And that requires commitment [63].”

So whatever you are doing today--paid work, school or study, household work that sustains your family and brings order to chaos—view it as work that God has entrusted to you this day for the building of His Kingdom. And trust that God is in the mix and transforming you through your faithfulness and commitment to the work He has given to you, only you.

Wishing you God’s blessings,
Jean Galanti

*Kathleen Norris. The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work."  New York: Paulist Press, 1998.

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