Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Observation: When I read the gospel this morning, I was left with a question of which of the two characters was most like me in the two that were presented in today’s gospel reading for Mass. As you can see by the two verses I chose, it is the disciple who asked about burying his father. My title says it all…I mean, it would be great to hear Jesus tell me to follow him, because then I would know, for sure that he believes that I am capable of conquering my sinfulness and really following him. At the same time, it would be horrible to hear the words that my father is dead and I was not able to go and pay him the respect he deserves for the good things that he did while on earth. The footnotes say that this saying of Jesus was trying override an obligation that was emphasized by the Jewish and Hellenistic world. They were placing their relationship to their earthly father as an obligation of highest importance, and Jesus simply says that we should be about building up the kingdom of God, once our earthly father has passed from this world to the next.
Personification: Patience As I think about my relationship with my earthly father, I realize that I spend way too much time concerned with justifying my faith to him. I am going to try to act with the fruit of patience in my life, from this day forward and get out of the way and allow the grace of God continue to lead him to the truth.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for revealing your truth to me and allowing me to see where I should be willing to let go and the places that you need me to hang on. I’m sorry for the times that I have failed, and ask that you send down your angels to continue to protect my family and allow me to find the path that you have laid before me. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.