Daily Mass Reflections - 11/13
”The salvation of the just comes from the Lord” ~ Psalm 37
More lessons on a fruitful and prudent life from Paul in today’s 1st Reading (Titus 2:1-8, 11-14) where a prevailing theme is that of the discipline of self-control. In a day and age when vitriolic Facebook diatribes and Twitter tantrums are more common than the air we breathe, this passage allows us to step back and reflect upon our own progress in obtaining this salient virtue.
For instance, on a day when the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Frances Cabrini, Patron Saint of immigrants, can we honestly say that we’ve sympathized, prayed for and assisted those who have legally immigrated to this country, making them feel welcome and performing small acts of charity and generosity in order to assist them and make them feel welcome in their smooth transition, much like Jesus would do? Have you voted for politicians who have sought to enact immigration laws that combine compassion and largesse with pragmatic, common sense legislation that protects our pre-existing citizens from those who seek to infiltrate our country illegally and do harm to innocent people? Do politicians of this ilk even exist anymore? If you are an immigrant to this country, have you respected the laws and cultural customs and mores of our country? Self-control is at the heart of this debate; seldom, it seems, is it on display anymore https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Waning-Presence-of-Self-Control.
Today’s Gospel (Luke 17:7-10) deals with justice coupled with proper gratitude and thanksgiving to God for all that he gives us. When justice calibrates your moral compass, you can be sure that you are in fact journeying with Jesus to Our Father’s House in a way that is pleasing to him. Although we oftentimes tend to forget it, the unprofitable servant in today’s parable is each and every one of us when we fail to be grateful and generous. Perhaps today we can take a moment or two to reflect on the words of the prophet Micah, who reminds us that “All that is necessary is ‘to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly before (my) God.’“ (Micah 6:8).
“Dear Lord, give us a gracious and thankful heart. Give us the spiritual instinct to help those in need, to encourage those who doubt, and to pray for those who have no one to pray for them.” ~ Amen