Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 18:20-25
Mass: 2 Kgs 24:8-17; Resp Ps 79; Mt 7:21-29

For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.


On a theme from today's Gospel, namely, building our houses on rock, or the Rock Jesus Christ, something to consider is stopping to listen before speaking or acting. What is the Lord asking me to say or do? One answer might be to say nothing or do nothing. Otherwise, it is possible to sound like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal and flit about needlessly and recklessly. 

Or if you prefer something from Pope Francis: "Trust filled prayer is a response of a heart open to encountering God face to face, where all is peaceful and the quiet voice of the Lord can be heard in the midst of silence. In that silence we can discern, in the light of the Spirit, the paths of holiness to which the Lord is calling us. Otherwise, any decisions we make may only be window dressing that, rather than exalting the Gospel in our lives, will mask or submerge it. For each disciple, it is essential to spend time with the Master, to listen to His words, and to learn from Him always. Unless we listen, all our words will be useless chatter" (Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate Rejoice and be glad, 150-51).

Today's photo: How about these roadside beauties?

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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