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October 21, 2019

Daily Reflection for Monday, October 21, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102119.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First reading: Romans 4:20-25
Responsorial: Luke: 1:69-75
Gospel: Luke: 12:13-21

Our reflection on Monday’s reading:
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God.  Romans 4:20

As I read Romans 4:20, I inserted my name for Abraham and it startled me.  It caused me to ask whether I really behave this way.  Do I live as though this is true?  Do my daily actions support this affirmation of faith in God?

In the morning, I’m more apt to engage in a game of Suduko or watch the news rather that read the daily scripture readings and reflections.  I’m more like the rich man in today’s gospel who is choosing his material possessions ahead of his relationship with the One who provided those material possessions.  There is room for improvement in prioritizing my day!

I admire those people who say they really can’t start their day without prayer time.  They are  prioritizing their relationship with God over all else.  Their actions for that day will be affected by that initial prayerful relationship.  I know that on the occasions that I have prioritized my day this way, I am more mindful about how my actions affect others.  I live the day with more gratitude and less greed.

It seems to me that if we pay attention to where we put our treasured time, that will reveal our critical relationships.  What are those things we cherish above all else?  If you like what you see, I’m delighted for you.  As for me… I’ve got some work to do. 

May your relationship with Christ affect your actions today.

Paul Gunn

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