|Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo
131:1, 2, 3
Today's first reading, from Romans, falls under the category
of "The Duties of Christians" and is a marvelous reading. This reading
reminds me of our connection to one another, of our interdependent need,
of our contribution to the wholeness or the oneness as members of humanity
and as members of the Christian community. The reading in Romans
encourages me to become aware of my gifts and then to be generous in sharing
my gifts. The reading also is encouraging in supporting my desire to
identify the gifts of others and then to encourage others to use and share
their gifts with humanity.
In Psalm 131 the beautiful message is one of being still. The message
reminds me to be at peace in my day to day living. In this still and
peaceful existence I will come to know, to discern, my gifts and then go
gently through life sharing these gifts and in that sharing I experience
the wholeness, the oneness of life.
In the Parable of the Great Feast, the message for me is to "Come and partake
in life, in community with the Lord and with humanity." We are challenged
daily to live the life of a Christian, to follow the examples of Jesus and
to reflect upon the words in the scripture. Being a Christian can be
challenging and difficult and we may want to excuse ourselves from participating
in a Christian lifestyle but with faith in God and faith in humanity we can
meet those daily challenges.
I have settled my soul!, trusting that God will give me the strength, the
wisdom, and the courage to live a Christian life and then I will partake
in the Great Feast-that of eternal life with God.