Memorial of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16
Psalm 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord
of heaven and earth,
I just returned from the Dominican Republic. When I read this gospel, I am humbled to recall a memory from last week.
I was running from one event to another, full of anxiety about at least three things at once, as I walked by the open door of the church at our mission and saw one of the male workers kneeling on the stone floor in front of the tabernacle, looking up at the crucifix above it. I stopped and just stood there at the entrance of the church. His hands were folded and his eyes were fixed on that crucifix.
As I stood there, I could feel the tension and anxiety in my body - for though I had stopped rushing, my "motor" was still running. I let my breathing slow down, just standing there before this profession of faith and trust, and I prayed something like this:.
It was a very different afternoon, after that. I'm grateful to be reminded of it, back home in my daily life here.
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth,
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