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: Your turbans shall remain on your heads, your sandals on your feet. You shall not mourn or weep, but you shall rot away because of your sins and groan one to another. (Ezekiel 24:23)
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, 16 go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)
Observation: It is only when we see God’s will for our lives that we know what we must give up to be a follower of Jesus. For me, I see God’s will as a calling to share the Good News with the young people of our Parish. I see that I am being asked by Jesus to give up something that I thoroughly enjoy in this life. If I learned anything from the Reading from the book of Ezekiel, I know that he can take my sight from me, as well as my life, if I choose to not obey what He is asking of me. More importantly, I cannot see my calling through if I don’t give up the great wealth that has been given to me. (When I say wealth, those that know me well know that I am not talking about monetary wealth.)
Personification: Chastity – Able to form loving and caring friendships, which help us to act appropriately with our gift of sexuality. It is by creating loving and caring friendships that I will be able to act appropriately with my gift of sexuality and be able to display the fruit of chastity in my life. If I do not surround myself with people that I can share my love with completely, I will fall into the same old traps of the deciever like I always have. It is not about how well others around me have accepted this Gospel message, it is about my acceptance of His will for me and my free will decision to follow Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize the people that I can love more fully in this life, so I can live the life that you have planned for me. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.