Daily Reflection for Friday, October 22 2021
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: Romans 7:18-25a
Responsorial: Psalm 119: 66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94
Gospel: Luke 12:54-59
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not." (Romans 7:18)
The reading from Romans today reminds me of my humanness. I may have the greatest spiritual desires and goals, but at the end of the day, my flesh is weak (very human).
Paul shares a dilemma that we all have. We know what is right, but we don’t do it. Our flawed nature means that the good we want to do always comes up short. The only way to be set free from this sinful state is to invite Jesus into our lives.
Jesus told us that to follow Him we must take up our cross and die to ourselves. That means all of our desires, ambitions and dreams need to be weighed carefully through the eyes of a disciple. The life leading to salvation is about letting Christ change us from the inside out rather than us simply forcing our actions. There must be a change of heart. Christ must be at the center of our desires, dreams and actions.
On this day 38 years ago, I said yes to the covenant of marriage. In some ways this is the closest I have ever been to really knowing what it means to die to myself and surrender my hopes and dreams to another person and to God. You see, when we took our vows, we also invited God to join us. We were bound by a 3-ply cord that included Jesus in our marriage. It truly has been a life-long process of letting go of everything that stands between us and the relationship that both John and I want to have with Jesus.
By saying “yes” to our marriage, I also said yes to a relationship with God. God is central to all that we do. Like all humans, we have failed along the way and sinned. The grace is, Jesus is right there ready to forgive us, pick us up off the ground, make us new and ready to try all over again.
Today, I pray for many more years to grow closer to my beloved and God.
In Heartfelt Joy,