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September 29, 2022

Daily Reflection for Thursday, September 29, 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/092922.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or  Revelation 12:7-12ab
Responsorial: Psalm138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5 
Gospel: John 1:47-51

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth; in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise… Psalm 138:1

I am a witness that God’s love and mercy are real.

Recently my husband I have been plagued with serious health problems.  Like a leaky boat, once we address one problem, another pops up. We’ve had emergency services at our home several times in the last few months. In fact, they’re here so often they know us by name.

One of my older children recently underwent a procedure that will hopefully allow his heart to stop beating out of rhythm. One of my younger children who struggles with mental illness is currently off his meds and spiraling out of control.

My most stable adult grandchildren have seemingly thrown morality and common sense out of the window and have become as unpredictable as the wind.

As you might imagine, all these things have weighed heavily on my heart and on my mind. 

The Devil, always prowling about the world seeking the ruin of souls, kept whispering in my ear that things were becoming hopeless. I kept thinking about bleaker and bleaker scenarios that might play out.

With a flood of tears, I cried out to the Lord through the intercession of Mary, my most faithful prayer partner, not for healing, though I would welcome it, but for peace and comfort in these difficult times My prayer was heard and answered before I finished my Rosary. That beautiful peace that transcends all natural understanding took root in my heart and my mind. Illness that once seemed over-whelming now seem manageable. I have given my children and my grandchildren over to God. He’s better able to deal with them than am I. I am at peace.

Just as today’s scripture meditation says, I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth, in the presence of angels I will sing your praise.

May you too have the peace and comfort that the Lord so mercifully gives to his children who ask him for it. Please pray for me and my family, dear friends.

Melissa Kittrell

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