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September 16, 2019

Daily Reflection for Monday, September 16, 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/091619.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 28:2, 7-9
Gospel: Luke 7:1-10

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.  1 Timothy 2:1-2

When I read the first two verses of today’s first reading, it really made me examine my prayer life and assess whether my prayers were taking me anywhere spiritually.  My prayers tend to be random streams of thought and consciousness that are recaps of the day’s issues or anticipations of areas that I will need spiritual guidance for the coming day.  What my prayers have been lacking is me listening for clues that will cause me to behave differently or to move me to action.

During Mass, the prayers of the faithful start with global leaders and concerns and continually narrow to local issues and ultimately end with individuals for whom the Mass is being offered.  For mere mortals like me, there is wisdom in this approach to prayer. 

The world is so large and complex that we can’t possibly concern ourselves with every issue.  However, if we each name what matters to us individually, and we name individuals that need help, we become useful to God.  We become the hands and feet of Jesus.  We go from the very general to an individual that we name, and we praise God for the life of that individual.  When you offer an individual to Jesus, you can’t help but be moved by that act alone.  This is precisely what the Centurion in today’s gospel did for his slave.  He offered his slave to Jesus to be healed, having full faith in Jesus to do this.

When I actively pray for someone or something, I find that my level of care for that person or thing increases.  If our prayers are a divine dialogue with our Creator, then it stands to reason that we can learn things in prayer with our Creator that we cannot learn from the world around us. 

If we pray for our world leaders, national leaders and local leaders, we acknowledge that they matter to us.  We are engaged in an activity that forces us to care for our leaders, asking for divine guidance for all of us as we participate in this grand experiment called America and ultimately the world that we live in.   

Perhaps someday offering “supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgivings for everyone including all in authority” will become as natural as posting an event on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  If we are willing to quiet ourselves and listen for answers to those prayers, we just might pull out of this deep divide that we find ourselves in.

Increase your care for the world around you by posting a prayer with God today.

Paul Gunn
 

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