Gift: Piety (Reverence)
Reading: Now Saul was consenting to his execution. (John 8:1a)
Observation: I always find it interesting when the church decides to end a reading, whether it be the Gospel or just a first or second reading, with the beginning of a new chapter. Today, in a real way, I am seeing that the church, through divine inspiration, truly has our best interest at heart. You may ask, why would someone who tries to read the readings every day and journal on them find it important to say that the church has our best interest at heart? Well, I guess like most Catholic Christian’s in today’s world, I find myself doubting the authority of the church all too often because of the media. Which is why I ask the question today, am I like Saul or Paul? Saul was a merciless persecuter of of the early Christians, with no regard for what God may have been trying to reveal to him through them and the early church, and Paul was an advocate for them, building up the kingdom of God at every opportunity. How much do I go along with the idea that the media is trying to espouse by not defending our church at every opportunity and how much more should I be trying to defend the faith by Word and deed?
Prayer: Lord, I do not want to consent to the execution like Saul did. Please build in me a new zeal for the church that you gave us to help us build up the kingdom on earth and don’t allow me to lose that zeal for the rest of my life. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.