Daily Reflection for Friday, October 4, 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: Baruch 1: 15-22
Responsorial: Psalm 79: 1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9
Gospel: Luke 10: 13-16
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Woe to you…” Luke 10: 1
Today’s gospel is a part of the bigger story of Jesus sending out the 72 disciples on a mission, the same mission we are all called to participate in as Christians. Jesus asked them to declare, “The kingdom of God is at hand for you” (v. 9). They were to spread God’s love and cure the sick. At the end of the story, we hear that the disciples came back rejoicing, saying “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
In between the sending and the rejoicing, Jesus directs their attention and ours to the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. This triangle of cities is where Jesus met his disciples, performed most of his miracles, and delivered his teachings. The problem is that when Jesus shined the light of His love on their sins, they remained unchanged, they did not repent. Jesus’s response: “Woe to you!” This wasn’t a response of condemnation; rather He was deeply saddened by the course they chose.
What does this reading ask me to do? It makes me wonder: am I free to grow in holiness or am I bound by culture and popular opinion? Much like in Jesus’s day, the culture and popular opinion did not align with what Jesus taught. I can only be free to seek holiness and repent if I seek to understand and follow Christ’s teachings.
As I reflect on my freedom to seek holiness, more questions emerge. Do I seek to follow a wise path or do I impulsively follow the actions of the crowd? Am I patient? Do I act in moderation? Do I stand up for what I know to be true, good and just for all? Or do I think only of a small subset of people or only of my desires and passions?
Most important, these questions ask if I am willing to allow God’s grace to enter my life to guide, direct, and encourage holiness and repentance. Sisters and brothers, when we do this, when we allow God’s grace to enter our lives and encourage repentance, when we seek holiness, we meet God’s abounding mercy and love for us face to face and we are free!
What binds you from living a life of holiness?
Blessings for the journey!