Daily Reflection for Tuesday, September 07, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Colossians 2:6-15
Responsorial: Psalms 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11
Gospel: Luke 6:12-19
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.” Luke 6:19
Last Saturday we celebrated the Feast Day of Saint Monica with an evening of faith, fun, and fellowship. We started at 4 PM with a procession of the Saint Monica statue on a pedestal being carried around the grounds as we prayed the Rosary, followed by an outside Mass and then a feast provided by Father John and the Parish Council. I felt joy to pray and to have fellowship with so many of our parish. The celebration helped remind me of how much I miss the pre-COVID time in our parish that was filled with so many handshakes and hugs.
In his homily Father Vinny retold the story of Saint Monica, of how she converted first her pagan husband and then prayed fervently for her son, who we now know as Saint Augustine. It is a story we have heard many times, but it still inspires hope for all of us who pray for others.
Today’s gospel reading starts with Jesus retreating to a mountain to pray all night. Jesus prayed before all significant events. This time it was before calling his disciples and naming them apostles. Jesus taught us how to pray and gave us the words of the Lord’s Prayer, but what strikes my heart is that Jesus, the Son of God, prayed.
May we be like Saint Monica and follow Jesus’ example of praying unceasingly.
Peace and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea