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September 28, 2022

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, September 28 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends, and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/092822.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Responsorial: Psalm 88:10bc-11, 12-13, 14-15
Gospel: Luke 9:57-62

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

In the first reading today, Job is preaching about the awesomeness of God. We learn that we cannot create God in our image because God is greater than anything we can imagine or understand.

The Gospel addresses following Jesus, joining Jesus in his ministry to bring people to God. In the past, I read this to mean physically leaving work, family, and community. Jesus even warns his potential followers saying, “let the dead bury the dead” and “the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  It all sounds like Jesus is asking us (his followers), to leave life as we know it and forsake family, beloved friends, and community. Certainly, many Christians follow Jesus by becoming missionaries, traveling pastors, and joining religious orders. However, today I see this a bit differently.

I believe the greatest distance for us to travel in following Jesus is from our heads to our hearts. When we follow Jesus, his teachings, and examples, from the heart it changes everything. It distances us from the status quo within families, friendships, and community. It can be more painful than a physical move. It can make others uncomfortable. However, holding the unconditional love of Jesus for all in our hearts and following his lead, provides great blessings.

The key is to not get too full of ourselves, thinking we have the only way to follow Jesus. We must not rest in our successes nor flog ourselves over failures. Neither should we long for life as it used to be. “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” God gives us each day to live as Jesus showed us.
 
Blessings to you,
Ruth Mytty

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