Gift: Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
Reading: Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:29)
Observation: My Dad and I were just discussing this verse from today’s Gospel In the midst of a heated discussion about sin and the need for repentance, but I think it relates better to my title today, that comes from the response in the Responsorial Psalm for today’s Mass. The reason I say that is because after we realize that we have accepted the truth of Jesus as God, what do we do. Do we spend all day patting ourselves on the back for accepting the truth, or do we, “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”
Personification: Faithfulness In order to display the fruit of faithfulness, I think it is only necessary to continue to do the work that God has laid out before me today. Sounds easy, but when I think of the names of the people who will cross my path today, it may be a struggle to always be telling the “Good News”. However, when I think of the struggle that other people are going to have with me, I remember that it only by His grace that we will be able to withstand anything the enemy may throw at us.
Prayer: Lord, I know that I can be a stumbling block for others in their faith, help me to stay out of your way today and keep me only using words that build your kingdom. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!
- Preaching the Good News as GOOD News (johnsmcclure.com)
- The Soldier’s Attire (aviesplace.wordpress.com)
- Remember this, you who never think of God. A Meditation in the Wake of a Storm (adw.org)