Today's Scratchpad Reflection

September 05, 2015

Saturday in the 22nd Week of the Church Year

by Daniel Thomas Op
Saturday in the 22nd Week of the Church Year Today's Saint: Bl Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Scripture Readings for today's Liturgy: Colossians 1:21-23 Psalm 54 Luke 6:1-5 “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry?” (Luke 6:3) I love it when everything in the liturgy seems to fit together as well as it does for today. Even today’s Blessed, Teresa of… Read more...


Thursday in the 5th week of Easter

 Saint for the day: St. Antoninus of Florence (1389-1459) Click on the above link then scroll down to get to this Dominican saint’s story.

 Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Acts 15:7-21

Psalm 96

John 15:9-11

“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”

This quote of Jesus from today's very brief Gospel follows the theme that we’ve been hearing in the last several days. It’s important that we “remain in His love” for that is how we gradually become one with Him as “He is one with the Father.”

We can only become “one” with someone or something when we do that with love. This is not difficult. Just take a moment to think of a time or situation where you felt that true love was present: it usually takes you into another dimension where time flies. My friend, Fr. Richard Rohr, says, “Where your thoughts go in your idle moments – there is your treasure!” Scary, isn’t it?

But if we begin to strive towards that “oneness” that we hear Jesus speaking about we can begin to sense that joy and seek to have it more completely.

The sad side of this, though, is that fact that we spend more time dividing and separating – like the Pharisees in the Gospels or the disciples in today’s reading from Acts. We do this because we are more comfortable putting things that don’t fit into our concepts of God or Religion into little boxes which separate, rather than join. This action thwarts that statement of Jesus, “that they might be one…” We should know that it takes more energy to hate rather than love. All of us need to move away from that “Pharisee-like” attitude and realize: if God can love me with all my faults and imperfections … might He also love …here I leave you to fill in the blank. Amen!


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