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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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September 18th, 2013
by
Damian Olsen
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[445] 1 Tim 3:14-16
Ps 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Luke 7:31-35

After reflecting on today’s first reading from the book of 1 Timothy, the phrase “you should know how to behave in the household of God” really hit a cord within me.

How are we to behave in the household of God? Do I behave as I should?

As the reading says, the household of God is “the Church of the Living God”. As Catholics we know and believe that God is truly present inside the tabernacle.  We have the incomprehensible privilege of receiving Christ at mass, and by doing so, becoming living tabernacles ourselves.  Although this incredible event is taking place, I still find myself distracted when I am in Church.  My mind easily races to my next big exam, what rotation I am going to be starting next, and even the kid in front of me that is sucking on the Hymnal.

So, how do I behave better in the household of God? How do I become more present and sensitive to the fact that the Living God is there, and I am to receive Him?

I think the best way is to take a few minutes before mass starts to really pray. First, simply acknowledge that God is there and to thank Him for that. Also, to ask for the intercession of Mary, our mother, that we might have the same attentiveness that she has to God and the ability to be as present during mass as she is.  We should also ask for the grace to sincerely listen to the readings, the gospel, the homily, and all the prayers of the mass that they might take root in our hearts and manifest in our lives.  (Now would also be a good time to pray for the priest saying the mass and to lift up the mass for special intentions!)

If right as we enter Church we set our minds and our hearts on the truth of the mass, and really recognize who is there and why we came in the first place, our perspective will improve.  When our perspective is set right, we can truly behave and act our best.

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