Reflection 11-7-21

First Reading: 1 Kings 17:10-16
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44

St. John the Apostle celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for half of our 9th graders at the 7 PM Mass on Friday, October 22, 2021. Bishop Elias Lorenzo, OSB celebrated the Confirmation Mass (pictured center). Congratulations to all the young men and women receiving Confirmation! Come O Holy Spirit

Have you got power? This question we have often ask when there’s a major storm. We all know what we mean when we use the word power…do you have lights, heat, electric etc.? In today’s Scriptures we see an awesome display of power…not electrical power, not the power of a hurricane, but the power of God! We hear about two widows who trust in the power of God to care for their needs…by their faith each one is radically generous – giving not from their excess, but from their sustenance. How can we possibly match their level of generosity? Perhaps we can gain some insight into the answer to this question from what St. Theresa of Avila said: “What God values most is not so much the gift we give, as the love that motivates it.” That’s what made the gift from these widows so priceless.

Our natural tendency is towards self-interest. This is the product of the fall of Adam and Eve. At the root of our sins, we always find selfishness …when in some way we are seeking self-gratification – replacing something for God…who alone can fill all our desires.

Each one of us has been given a unique collection of gifts from God. As faithful followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to use these gifts to build up the kingdom of God here on earth. Let’s take a moment to reflect on that “collection of gifts”. Sometimes our gifts are less obvious…for example, a “good listener” who gives time to someone, not to solve their problems, but just to listen…or perhaps a person with a friendly smile.

Our second reading tells us of the ultimate giver, Jesus Christ, the eternal high priest. The selfless sacrifice of his life speaks of our God’s awesome generosity to restore the gift of eternal life to all men and women. Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the gift of eternal life!

May God bless us all always!
Deacon Mike