February 3, 2021

Today’s readings speak to us of God’s fatherly concern for us, his children. The Responsorial Psalm reminds us that God has compassion on his children, knowing that we were formed from dust. Saint Paul writes that, just as a father disciplines his children, a discipline that does bring pain but, if attended to, brings to us the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

We take a look at the world in which we live and the evil that our sinfulness and neglect have caused. Wars and terrorism have created the greatest forced migration of people since the Second World War. Global spending on arms, if re-directed, could feed the millions of men, women, and children whose daily existence is one of famine. Our indifference to climate change has already begun to show its negative impact. The Black Lives Matter movement in the USA is only one of the manifestations of systemic racism that has plagued the human community for centuries. A global pandemic has taken the lives of more than two million people globally, with over four hundred thousand in our country alone. This worldwide scourge has devastated economies, further exacerbating poverty and hunger. How far we have come from the people that God longs for us to be. The Creator didn’t cause this human destruction and degradation. We brought it on ourselves.

What does the Eucharist call us to in such a world? Each time we celebrate Eucharist, we hear the words, “This is my body broken for you.” “This is my blood poured out for you. Do this in memory of me.” We are called to welcome the stranger, work for peace, love, and respect all people. We, too, need to be willing to be broken and poured out in love and service to all in small and dramatic ways.

Let Us Pray:

Creator God, you love all that you created and even sent your Son to show how strong that love is. You ask us to love and care for one another and all of your creation. Grace us, we pray, with wisdom, courage, openness, humility, and a deep sense of your presence as we seek to transform our world and ourselves for your greater glory. Amen.


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About Patrick Riley

Patrick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Book Review Editor for Emmanuel Magazine.