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Much like a devotional, these short meditations and Catholic reflections are based on each day's scripture readings or the Saint of the day.
Scripture reflections help us in our prayer life. They help us to listen to God's Word and to better understand the readings.
Taking a moment in peace and quiet, dedicating the moment to God, reflecting on the readings of the day - all can bring us to a more intimate relationship with God.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear." - Matthew 13:43
This reminds me of a conversion kind of experience Thomas Merton wrote about in "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander." He was standing at an intersection in Louisville, Kentucky and suddenly felt like he loved all the people walking around him. He no longer felt separate from them. He felt such joy being part of the human race, and suddenly knew that all people had a place within them that was like a diamond, the place where God dwells. He wrote that "... There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun ..."
We are all walking around shining like the sun, but we are not aware of it. Instead we see the weak places, the wounds, the things we do wrong, the mistakes we make.
While we need to check our hearts out and repent of our sins, we also need to remember that we are human. God made us this way. He knows who we are.
We forget that we are created by the Lord in His image. And it is that image we need to keep in our minds and our hearts. We are children of God. We need to remind ourselves and each other.
And if we take the time to listen ... listen to His Word, in scripture, in our hearts, in the lives of the saints, in our Eucharistic liturgy, then we can hear that we are loved and cherished by God.
And then maybe someday, we will see and come to know what Merton knew that day in Louisville.
We are all walking around shining like the sun.
Lord, I long to be one of those righteous that shines like the sun in your kingdom. Help me to listen. Help me to hear your words of love and encouragement. Help me to remember that you know me and made me and love me. Amen.
Monday, July 21
St, Lawrence of Brindisi
Micah 6:1-4, 6-8; Matthew 12:38-42
What does it mean to love goodness and walk humbly with God? How can I do this?
Lord, I know this is the way you wish me to live. I try to follow your way. Sometimes I have trouble living up to your expectations. Help me to see where I most need help and grant me the wisdom to accept your help in these areas.
Tuesday, July 22
St. Mary Magdalene
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; John 20:1-2, 11-18
Mary Magdalene loved Jesus and recognized him by his voice. Am I always listening for the voice of Jesus?
Lord, you constantly speak to me in so many ways. Help me to be more aware of what you are telling me. Make me more attentive to your voice. Never allow me to neglect your voice in my life.
Wednesday, July 23
Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10; Matthew 13:1-9
God is the sower, sowing seeds among his people. What type of soil is he sowing in as he distributes his seed within me?
Lord, help me to become the most fertile soil imaginable as you sow your seeds of wisdom. Help me to keep in a very receptive shape to accept your seeds. Never allow me to let those seeds you sow within me be wasted or spoiled.
Thursday, July, 24
St. Sharbel Makhluf
Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Matthew 13:10-17
Jesus tells us that some people have ears but do not hear his message. Do I always hear what Jesus is telling me?
Lord, there are so many distractions. I know you speak to me but frequently I am distracted and do not hear you. Help me to pay more attention to your voice speaking to me and also open my eyes that I may see you clearer.
Friday, July 25
2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Matthew 20:20-28
Jesus refuses to grant some of our wishes because they are not in our best interest. Am I accepting when Jesus does not grant my request?
Lord, you know what is best for me. Thank you for watching out for my best interest. Grant me the wisdom to accept your decision and the humility to realize that you know best.
Saturday, July 26
St, Joachim and St. Anne
Jeremiah 7:1-11; Matthew 13:24-30
In order to protect the wheat, the householder allows the weeds to stay. Do I protect the gifts God has planted in my life?
Lord, you have given me so many gifts and yet I do not always protect these gifts from the corruption of the world. Help me to better see the gifts you have given me and to better protect them from the pollution of this world.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro
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