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September 6, 2021

Daily Reflection for Monday, September 06, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/090621.cfm 

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Colossians 1:24–2:3
Responsorial: Psalm 62:6-7, 9
Gospel: Luke 6:6-11

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
Trust in him at all times, O my people! Pour out your hearts before him; God is our refuge! Psalm 62:9

Human nature seems always ready to assign blame, like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden when God confronted them about their disobedience. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed Satan. If something catastrophic happens in the world, sometimes people assign the blame to God. For instance, when there is a tragic accident that takes the life of innocent persons, it’s not unusual to hear: “How could a loving God let such a thing happen?”

People have been known to turn away from God because they blame him for one thing or another. It seems to me this is a trick of the devil. If we are unhappy about something that we think God did, shouldn’t we instead to turn to God and pour out our hearts to him? He isn’t intimidated by our anger or our questions. Where there is anger, he can transform it into the peace that passes all understanding…if we turn to him and not away.

In today’s Psalm we are presented with a way to cope with difficult things. “Trust in him at all times. Pour out your hearts before him.

Whatever we face, if it’s scary, if it’s difficult, if it is hopeless, we have a haven to which we can retreat. We have someone to whom we can pour out our heart. We have powerful friends in spiritual places that are praying with us and for us in our struggles. But to be in touch with these things we must learn to be still and know that God loves us and wants only the best for us. If we will be patient and trust him, he will work out any problem we have and vanquish any fear with which the adversary confronts us.

I’m not saying it’s easy to be still and wait on God. But I am saying that with prayerful practice you will know peace, your soul will be at rest, and you will not be disturbed.

Peace be with you, my friends…always.
Melissa Kittrell

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