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July 5, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday on Ordinary Time
He was amazed at their lack of faith. - Mark 6:6
Jesus was in his native place. His neighbors and friends saw him as the hometown boy. They didn’t see the Messiah. They just saw the carpenter's son.
Jesus was present to his people. He was their Savior, but they did not know that.
They did not know that they had missed seeing their God.
For years I was not aware that God was always present in my life. I can remember how astounded I felt when suddenly, God's grace helped me to see that He had indeed been with me. Even in the bad times. Even in those times when I hardly acknowledged his existence.
God is not just with us when it is obvious, like at Mass or on a mountaintop. God is also with us when we are alone, or scared or sitting in the pit.
It takes eyes of faith to see God.
The people in Jesus' native land did not recognize him as any kind of prophet or messiah. He didn’t fit their idea or image of who the messiah should be.
They did not know that God was in their midst.
Dear Lord, thank you for always being with me. Help me to always see you with eyes of faith. Help me to trust in your everlasting presence. Do not let me make my image of you so small, that I miss seeing you. Amen.
Monday, July 6
Genesis 28:10-22a; Matthew 9:18-26
The woman with the hemorrhage believed that she would be healed just by touching Jesus' cloak. The official believed that just Jesus' touch would heal his daughter. Do we have that kind of faith?
Lord, there are so many places that I need your healing hand. I believe that I have a strong enough faith. Help me to strengthen my faith so that you will look upon me and say that my faith has saved me.
Tuesday, July 7
Genesis 32:23-33; Matthew 9:32-38
Jesus said that the "harvest was abundant but the laborers are few." How will I respond to his request for more shepherds for the sheep?
Lord, I do my best to follow you and to spread the Good News. Please help me to bring your love to others. Please send us more shepherds for your sheep.
Wednesday, July 8
Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a; Matthew 10:1-7
Jesus called disciples to help him spread the Good News. Is He calling me?
Lord, I know you are asking me to spread the good news of your kingdom. Help me to discern where you most need me to go and grant me the strength to proclaim your great love to all I meet there.
Thursday, July 9
Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5; Matthew 10:7-15
What material goods get in my way when I try to preach the good news?
Lord, I so wish to proclaim your kingdom. But there are so many worldly things that get in my way. Help me to see what holds me back and grant me the strength to let go of what I must.
Friday, July 10
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30; Matthew 10:16-23
Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will give us the words we need to say when facing those who oppose us in sharing our faith. What help do I need from the Holy Spirit today?
Lord, I am always in need of your help. Guide me in seeking where I most need that help. Give me the strength to overcome those who oppose me in sharing my faith. Never let me forget to seek the help of the Spirit.
Saturday, July 11
Memorial of St. Benedict, Abbot
Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26a; Matthew 10:24-33
Jesus tells us to not fear those who can harm our bodies but rather to fear those who could harm our immortal soul. Who or what in my life can cause any harm to my soul?
Lord, the evil one attacks from all sides constantly. With your help I will not fear him. Help me to be strong in the face of evil and to value my immortal soul above my temporal body.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro
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