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September 28, 2020

Daily Reflection for Monday, September 28, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/092820.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Job 1:6-22
Responsorial:  Psalm 17:1BCD, 2 -3, 6-7
Gospel:  Luke 9:46-50

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:48)

Staring into the beautiful crystal-clear eyes of my first grandchild was one of the most profound experiences I have had in my life.  My breath was taken away for a moment as I gazed at this incredible miracle that I held in my arms.  A saying by Carl Sandburg that hung on our nursery wall came to mind: “A child is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” 

I now understand even more fully what God is talking about when He says, “whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (John 9:47) Immediately upon seeing our new grandson, I could not help but give praise and thanks to God our Father for this blessing.  I truly received this child in His name. 

The blessings of new life are abundant.  Today’s Gospel reminds us to be more child-like and to place our needs well after those of our neighbor.  New life encourages us to remain humble and to see the world with the innocence with which we entered it in the first place.  Placing ourselves last on this earth helps our spirits to prepare for our future in heaven. 

Another blessing of being in the presence of new life is the reminder to simply breathe.  Breathe in the fresh sweet smell of a baby, but also step aside and breathe in fresh thoughts and ideas.  There is a “call” to be still in God’s presence placed before us in this new life.  To witness the miracle of creation once again and find joy in the many blessings received from God’s presence in each of us.

I can only begin to imagine what our world might become if each of us as individuals took the time to allow ourselves to be received by our God.  If we could begin to recognize that we are all truly made in God’s image and that He loves each of us for our unique selves.  Instead of judgment and recriminations, perhaps we could spend time honoring and accepting our differences as opportunities for new knowledge and growth. 

God receives us ALWAYS! It is simply up to us to ask.

In Heartfelt Joy,
Lynne Brennan

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