Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: 2 Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the ways of God. (Psalm 128:2b)
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth. Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.(Matthew 23:27-28)
Observation: The Responsorial Psalm from today’s Mass readings and the two verses that I copied above are a great reminder to me that without a sincere reliance on the grace of God, I will be just as guilty as the scribes and Pharisees of persecuting the prophets with my non action in support of the Gospel. This guilt could come in the form of not following the will of the Father in my life or just not remembering all that the chosen people of God had to suffer in order that the Messiah could come to save me.
Personification: Self-Control – Learning to discipline my time, energy and desires to reflect my spiritual values and priorities. In the first reading today, Paul says to the Thessalonians that they must act in accordance with the example that was given to them by the apostles. So, even though I did not focus on this reading in my observation above, I think it is right in line with respecting those that came before us. It will be my focus today to display the fruit of self-control in my life today, by using my time in a way that best displays my calling as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, help me to use the gifts and talents that you gave me to the best of my ability today and allow me to get everything done that you need from me today. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.