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Scripture reflections help us in our prayer life. They help us to listen to God's Word and to better understand the readings.
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September 28, 2014
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
He said in reply, “I will not,” but afterwards he changed his mind and went. (Matthew 21:29)
Thank goodness our God give second chances. And more.
For years I said, “I will not.”
Well, I never actually said, “I will not.” More like – I am not ready or I am not sure or I think I will hang around the vineyard gate.
I liked God. I was pretty close to him when I was a child. But as I got older, other things took precedence. I prayed to him once in awhile, when I needed something. But there was little worship. No daily prayer. No scripture.
Then I changed my mind.
I will always remember that day, sitting at Mass, with my husband and 2 little boys, suddenly knowing that it was time to commit. I wanted to become Catholic.
To me at the time, it seemed to come out of the blue. But looking back, I can see that there was a lot that happened that led up to that day.
I often feel sad about those days when I did not know God. When I did not worship God. When I did not make Him the Lord of my life.
But then I think about people like St. Augustine. Look at his late conversion and what became of him! “Late have I loved you, O Beauty, ever ancient, ever new."
Look at Paul. Saint Paul.
Maybe some of us have to be later than others. And was I really late?
I have known God in some way all of my life. I have no doubt that he has always been with me. Even when I was avoiding him.
But it seems to me that my whole life has been headed in the same direction – towards God. I know I have made some detours, but God makes straight with crooked lines.
So here I am.
Was I late? Or was I on time?
Does it matter as long as I am with Him now?
God is still calling me into the vineyard. He is calling all of us - with ministries and sacrifices and the little everyday conversions that happen in our lives of faith.
I still avoid those things that scare me a little. I still often say No.
But I hang around that vineyard gate and then I change my mind again.
Praise our God of Second Chances.
Dear Lord, thank you for never giving up on me, for calling me again and again. Thank you for loving me. Amen.
Monday, Sept. 29
Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Revelation 12:7-12ab; John 1:47-51
Angels are sent to do God’s will as his messengers. Do I feel sent in the same way?
Lord, I know you have sent me into this world to spread your good news. Help me to have the courage to step up and fulfill your wishes for me. Never allow me to shy away from spreading your good news.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Luke 9:51-56
How do I respond to the suffering in my life?
Lord, I know you will never send me more than I can handle. However sometimes I find this hard to believe. Help me to better accept whatever suffering you send me in my life. Help me to understand that my suffering is nothing beside what you suffered for me.
Wed., Oct 1
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Job 9:1-12, 14-16; Luke 9:57-62
Jesus says he has no place to rest. How can I establish a place for Jesus to rest in my life?
Lord, you are welcome to rest with me at any time. Help me to make a place for you in my world. Grant me the insight to see where I need to change my life to be a more welcoming pace for you. Never allow my behavior to keep you away from me.
Thurs., Oct 2
The Holy Guardian Angels
Job 19:21-27; Matthew 18:1-5, 10
Jesus tells us to approach God with child-like humility. How can I become more humble?
Lord, in my human nature I find it hard to be humble. Help me to understand that in your eyes humility is a strong attitude. Never let me become so self-centered that humility is a stranger to me.
Fri., Oct. 3
Job 38:1,12-21; 40:3-5; Luke 10:13-16
When have I been guilty of being like Job and questioning the power of God?
Lord, in my humanity I, at times, have questioned your power. I really don’t understand the type of power you possess. Help me to see your awesome power in all things and to never question it.
Sat., Oct 4
Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Luke 10:17-24
Jesus encourages us to care for the vulnerable. How can I care for the vulnerable in my world?
Lord, I take your command to care for my brother seriously. Help me to become more aware of those around me who need my assistance. Grant me the generous spirit to help all in need of my assistance.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro
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