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: and the LORD said to him: * Pass through the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and mark an X on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the abominations practiced within it. (Ezekiel 9:4)
He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. (Luke 7:14-15)
Observation: I feel like my soul was awakened this morning during my reading of the Office of Readings that included that verse from the book of Ezekiel. After hearing the reading of the Gospel at our communion service this morning, I realized that dead man in Luke’s Gospel is me. Jesus saved me from being buried in my sin, and how am I going to repay that gift. My hope is that the vision that I have of the young man, that Jesus awakens in the Gospel, where he is running around telling how great Jesus is, will be my reaction too.
Personification: Joy It is with great joy that I thank God for revealing the truth to me through His Word today. I hope that I will continue to share this Good News with everyone that I meet today. Although the reading of Ezekiel’s book could be seen as bad news, it is not bad news for those who are calling out the abominations that exist in our society, just as they did in Jerusalem during Ezekiel’s time. The last line of the Gospel verse that I selected today says that Jesus gave the boy to his mother, and it is with great joy that I hope my mother on earth and His Holy Mother in Heaven receives me and they continue to pray and intercede for my immortal soul.
Prayer: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.