Daily Reflection for Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the references are:
First Reading: 1 Corinthians 7: 25-31
Responsorial: Psalm 45: 11-12, 14-15, 16-17
Gospel: Luke 6: 20-26
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 1 Corinthians 7: 25
At first read, this excerpt from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian community appears to be addressing the stresses and decisions they face as early Christians. Is it better to remain single or to marry? To remain married or separate? Should they own possessions or not? Is it proper to weep and rejoice?
Paul continues to write, “people will experience affliction in earthly life and I would like to spare you that.” In other words, do not let your life be consumed by such stresses and questions.
Paul also says, “I tell you…time is running out.” God wants us now, in this moment, and the next, and forever. As Christians, we must be about our Father’s business now rather than concerned with all the situations of daily life. Regardless of what we are going through or what is happening in the world, the way of Christ overrides everything else.
What stresses, worries, issues distract me from living the spirit of Christ? What stands in the way of my being Christ to others? Can I set aside judgements, opinions, and issues of the day to follow my soul’s calling?
Paul wanted the Christian community to stay focused on the only mission in life that really mattered, following Christ and his teachings. Paul said, “the world in its present form is passing away.” We—you and I—have a short time on this earth. I believe we are here at this very time for a reason. Christ is counting on us.
Do we have the courage to follow our soul’s purpose for this time in history? Do we know our soul’s purpose? It is personal, very personal, for each of our souls. Are we connected to God each day to fulfill that purpose?
I pray that I can be Christ for all God’s people, wherever and however I encounter them. That I, and we together, as Christian community, can help bring compassion, kindness, unity and love into a hurting nation and world.
Blessings to you,