The readings today mention arguing, threats, and persecution. Those same readings emphasise faith, trust, baptism, learning, resurrection and Eucharist.
“Why are you persecuting me,” is a much too common phrase in numerous situations right here in the USA and globally. Each and everyone who suffers is a beloved son or daughter of God.
Too frequently in the world we hear the sentiment expressed by Ananias about Saul doing evil things to His holy ones. Ananias listens to the directions of the Lord. As a chosen instrument of God, Ananias heals Saul. He baptises him and instructs him in The Way. Paul then goes out to teach and tell the world the Good News of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
I am a chosen instrument of God. I have not always accepted the invitation to receive Jesus’ love and mercy as Saul did. I have had to look at my actions and reactions to life and learn to let go of past actions, hurts and injuries. I’ve had to explore what I’ve done and what I’ve failed to do which keeps me off the path that leads me to right relationship with God, my fellow man and all of creation.
This is not a one and done process, a checklist or an examination either. I’m human and make mistakes numerous times throughout the day in judgement, verbal and nonverbal responses to what is going on around me. I need to take time to reflect and notice how scales or blinders on my own eyes have held me back from being a better instrument of the Lord.
The links below refer to a sampling of current events. Each is a unique invitation to go deeper and take note of your own reactions. Notice how the link makes you respond, whether it be dismissiveness, I know it all, questioning, shock, compassion, empathy or something else that stirs in you. Take those things into your personal prayer, journal, reconciliation and your heart. You are God’s beloved instrument, wherever you are on your journey in life.
Pope Francis on Immigrants
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