The first reading starts with the beautiful passage that “we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink one Spirit.” The way I interpret this sentence is that we are all equal, no matter our ethnic background, our gender, or our family circumstances. The psalm also reminds us that we are all part of a community. We are all human beings who are loved equally by the Lord. The subsequent passage enumerates some of the chosen professions in God’s church. We are called to “strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.” The gifts of teaching, healing, administration, and speaking different languages are important, but perhaps the most important gift, the one mentioned first, is that of being an Apostle of God. I feel comfortable with my gifts of teaching, administration, or speaking multiple languages. They allow me to inspire others to pursue justice and knowledge. However, I feel challenged to go beyond that comfort zone to become an Apostle of God.
Today’s Gospel about the resuscitation of the woman’s son is a powerful reminder to me that death is an inevitable part of life. I would like to believe in the miracle of resurrection here on earth. I would love to spend more time with all the loved ones that have passed away before me. I may not be able to see them, but I can feel their spirit live on. The Gospel passage also reminds me of my need to believe in miracles. My faith is tested constantly. All too often, I would like to see a “clear sign” that God exists. All too often, I am not open to God’s signs! The beauty of nature, the love of my family and community, the time with my family and friends, the delicious food, my health, etc. are all signs of God’s gifts to me. They may not be as “visible” as the gifts of teaching, administration, or speaking in tongues, but they show me that I do not need miracles. I just need a reminder that I am surrounded by so many gifts.
Today, I am thankful to God for all the gifts and relationships in my life.
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