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: This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:e whoever claims to abide in him ought to live [just] as he lived. (1 John 2:5b-6)
Observation: What would Jesus do? As I am sure I have said before, I think the question should be, what would I do, in light of all the Jesus has done for me? The first translation that I read in the readings today, said that if we claim to abide in him, we should walk as he walked. It reminded me of all the times that I wore my sandals and felt like somehow I was walking like Jesus. I think John is speaking more about walking in the light of truth and not letting sin lead your life. If I am going to follow a life, I feel like I might have more chance of following Mary, since she was not begotten by God. I am called by my Sacrament of Confirmation to be led by the Holy Spirit, and that same Holy Spirit makes a dwelling for the Lord in my heart, it is still a whole lot different than what Mary was called to do. I go back to what I said earlier, I think it is less about me following their example literally and more about living my life in a way that pours out for others, like Jesus and Mary did.
Personification: Generosity. If I am going to display the fruit of generosity in my life, I must continue to ask for others to help in our ministry to the youth in our parish, and be willing to do whatever is necessary to help them feel comfortable with leading the next generation to a better understanding of our faith. This generosity is not allowed to hold back because of embarrassment from past sins or even present sins for that matter, if we are going to take part in mentoring young people to be the next leaders in our church.
Prayer: Lord, let me be an example that leads people to an authentic relationship with you that is based on truth and not the illusion of faith that too often exist in our church today. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!