Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Prol 33-38
Mass: Col 1:9-14; Resp Ps 98; Lk 5:1-11

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Shout joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break into song; sing praise.


Another aspect of St Paul's epistles that appeals to me are his long sentences. In six verses today, there are only two sentences! Proclaiming them takes great care and preparation. After greeting the brothers and sisters, St Paul has a lengthy prayer that we might incorporate into our daily intercessory prayer:

We do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
(Col 1:9-12)

Try to keep quiet a moment and let God love you. Try to silence all the inner voices, and rest for a second in His loving embrace.
(Pope Francis, to the youth of Mozambique, September 5, 2019)

He is the Life that I want to live.
He is the Light that I want to radiate.
He is the Way to the Father.
He is the Love with which I want to love.
He is the Joy that I want to share.
He is the Peace that I want to sow.
Jesus is Everything to me.
Without him, I can do nothing. 
(St Teresa of Calcutta)

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