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September 30, 2020

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/093020.cfm

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

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” Philippians 3: 8-9.

So much information.  So many sources.  Fake news.  Conspiracy theories.  Propaganda.    What to believe?  Where is the truth?  So much of what I hear and read is rubbish.

Standing before Pilate, Jesus said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”  Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”  (John 18: 37, 38).  Shortly thereafter, the nonviolent Jesus was executed. 

As a follower of Jesus, I believe that Jesus is the Truth and that I can find freedom in that Truth, just like He told us in John 14:6.

But, I feel like I’m surrounded by rubbish, getting buried in it.  Help!

Gandhi was always in search of the Truth.  Although a Hindu, he was a great student of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  As he wrote, “Truth is the first thing to be sought for, and Beauty and Goodness will then be added unto you.  That is what Christ really taught in the Sermon on the Mount.”

To further quote Gandhi, “God is Truth and Love; God is ethics and morality; God is fearlessness.  God is the source of Light and Life and yet He is above and beyond all these.  God is conscience.”

So, I can find the truth and my conscience can help me.  Some things, some news, some information, I know is rubbish.  My conscience tells me that if the message is hatred, anger, division, violence, war, then it can’t be the Truth which Jesus taught and is probably rubbish.

Please, Lord, help us to find your Truth and your Love.

Peace and blessings,
Al Mytty

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