Daily Reflection
October 15th, 2002
 Joan Lanahan
Occupational & Physical Therapy Program
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Memorial St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church
Galatians 5:1-6
Psalm 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
Luke 11:37-41


        "O you Pharisees, although you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil."

This sentence of Luke's gospel reminds me of Ps 40: 

        "Happy those who trust in the Lord, who turn not to idolatry" 

We can spend so much time and energy trying to look good and not paying attention to our inner selves.  We can show up for Church, a liturgy or ritual, and on leaving, kill each other in the parking lot either with words or manic driving.  We can be so attentive to persons we prefer and backstab those we don't.  We can become so out of balance in our personal lives that we hurt others or ourselves.

        "Happy those who observe God's decrees, who seek the Lord with all their heart."

Both Psalm 40 and Psalm ll9 tell us to seek the Lord only.  That means we need to acknowledge our idols and not let them rule our lives.  Idols can be something huge like work or money or luxuries or our nation.  We can also direct our minds and energies to great thinkers, political leaders, church leaders rather than our own consciences, ideas or ideals.

What idols do you have to be aware of and work against to help your inner self grow strong...or to "Trust in the Lord"?  What/Who is in your heart?  Who calls you to be your True Self?

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