1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
David is Anointed "...Yahweh said to Samuel, take no notice of his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not see as human beings see; they look at appearances but Yahweh looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13
The Good Shepherd "...I make my home in the house of Yahweh for all time to come." Psalm 23:1-6
The New Life in Christ "...Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, take no part in the futile works of darkness but, on the contrary, show them up for what they are." Ephesians 5:8-14
The Cure of the Blind Man "...'Neither he nor his parents sinned', Jesus answered, 'he was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in him.'" John 9:1-41
In going through this Sunday's readings, I couldn't help but be struck by how skeptical humans are. We find in John's gospel reading Jesus tells his disciples that the man born blind is not a sinner, and neither are his parents, but rather " he was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in him." This is a familiar story, but it was filled with insight into human nature.
Isaiah 7:10-14; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38
Lent is a great season of grace; a great season of faith. Today’s readings, on this Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, speak to us of grace and of faith.
Mary was graced by God’s spirit and as such participated in the life of God. Grace for each of us is “favor,” the free and underserved help that God gives to us as we respond to God’s call to become children of God and partakers of eternal life. Grace hovers throughout this reflection, as grace hovers throughout your life experiences.
Hosea 14:2-10; Mark 12:28-34
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
With all your soul,
With all your mind,
And with all your strength.”
In my busy multi-tasking life, how frequently do I do the above?
Do I let other worldly concerns prioritize my energy?