Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: Now since the children share in blood and flesh, he likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,j and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life. Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people.k Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
Observation: Death has no power, except if it eternally separates us from God. The devil had that power to have people remain in their sin, and be lost forever, but we were made free from death by the power of Jesus. If you read the gospel for today’s Mass, you will hear about his power while he still walked the earth. His greater power is only fulfilled through his faithful followers, whom he called brothers, who can see in his willingness to suffer death, that he has transferred his power to them to carry out his mission of saving sinners from death.
Personification: Patience. It is important that I remember to have patience with others, the way that God has had patience with me. If I can display the fruit of patience today, by not blowing anyone up, especially my children, with my words, than I will be well on my way to being able to be patient with anyone.
Prayer: Lord, please show me the way to display the fruit of patience with my children. You know how they get under my skin and I know it is your power to make them listen the first time. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen!