Thứ Tư, 23 tháng 9, 2015

Daily reflection _ provide me only with the food I need

Give me neither a
poverty of destitution nor riches;
God does want us to recognize that He is the source of every good gift.
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
When Jesus sent His disciples on a missionary journey, He did not want them to take all kinds of provisions with them. His intention was that they should learn complete dependence on God.
Today's Gospel we read that Jesus sent the twelve out and gave them power and authority to overcome demons and to cure the sick. He sent them to proclaim the reign of God and to heal. We might be tempted to think the chances that this uneducated, band of disciples would have had success in the world was doubtful. How prepared could they have been to leave the companionship of Jesus and venture forth without even a walking stick or traveling bag and no bread or money? They must have been scared to death.
For the most part, we might judge those sent by Jesus as slow learners. However, recall the miracles of healing and forgiveness they had witnessed, and most of all consider their relationship to Jesus whose love they knew intimately. These men, afraid and still weak in faith were sent, ready or not! As we reflect on scripture: do we disciples of Jesus in this modern time share in the same mission today? By our baptism and confirmation we too are sent by Jesus to proclaim the Gospel of God's kingdom and to attend to those wounded both physically and spiritually, and to love all.
Today we joined with the psalmist in praising God, Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones, and may all of you praise his majesty. We are called to place ourselves, as Jesus, "Not my will, but yours be done." We need to say this often!
God does not want us to live in destitution so that we must literally wonder where our next meal is coming from. That way of surviving is not His will. But He does want us to recognize that He is the source of every good gift. He is happy to respond to our sincere prayer, "Lord, give me neither poverty nor riches."

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