Reading: So the LORD said: “I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them.” (Genesis 6:7)
Observation: Today, I am hearing a reminder in the first reading from Genesis and from the gospel reading that evil is all around us and we must make a decision to follow Christ at all times or the evil will creep into our hearts. He makes this admonition to his disciples as they are traveling with him in person at the onset of his miraculous ministry. How much more do we have to be watchful against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod in a world that would like to forget about God? In that way, we are living more in Noah‘s time of the first reading, than in Christ’s time of the gospel reading.
Personification: Self-Control It is only by the grace of God and my ability to display the fruit of self-control by the power of the holy Spirit that I am not caught up in sin right now. I must not forget that Christ has the power to work miracles in my life and the lives of those around me to not only to keep me from sin, but provide everything that I need in life to keep bringing his message to his people.
Prayer: Lord, continue to fill my heart with your holy Spirit and give me the strength to follow your will today and forever. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
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.