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September 12, 2019

Daily Reflection for Thursday, September 12, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091219.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Colossians 3:12-17
Responsorial: Psalm 150:1b-6
Gospel: Luke 6:27-38

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
"And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful."    Colossians  3:15

I was talking to my son yesterday and was reminded that there is nothing like a 4th grade problem to humble me.  I was inquiring about his grievances with classmates and wondering when the brainstorm options we were naming for his potential actions would come easily to him without the obvious struggle he was demonstrating. In much the same way that anyone who feels they know the content theme of whatever is being discussed, I tolerated the discussion and internally reflected on how seemingly straightforward the solutions seemed to be if only my son could see them and then act on them.

As you might be able to anticipate, the humbling aspect relates to my unspoken self-righteousness of maneuvering an “easy” problem and my consideration of viewing it through the lens of today’s readings.  Saint Paul’s letter and Luke’s gospel essentially outline the blueprint for Christian living. Yet how many of us still struggle significantly to even come close to this mark? 

I considered some of the principle words in the readings. Two clear groupings emerged.  One included words like grievance, judgment, condemnation, taking, ungrateful, hate, curse and mistreat.  Those from the other grouping were pray, bless, give, mercy, love, lend, forgive, compassion, kindness, gentleness and gratitude.

Among other things, the message to my son revolved around choices.  The same goes for us, of course.  The control of our hearts is driven in full measure by our surrender to Him.  This can’t help but influence our feelings and then drive our actions, be they with a challenging classmate/acquaintance/co-worker, hearing the latest political news, or driving in an interstate construction zone.

As challenging as they are, today’s readings deserve daily introspection.  Which grouping above best characterizes your heart’s influence today?

Rafael Rosario

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