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July 15, 2019

In today’s first reading we are reminded of the story of the children of Israel saved by Joseph only to be threatened again experiencing the cruelty of slavery. God’s plan for them was larger than their own hope for safety and stability. And they find themselves on the move again!

How often we experience the same — we arrive and are comfortable with our lives, work, relationships, Church, only to be faced with change and a feeling that the rug has been pulled out from under us. We are once again forced to rethink and rebuild.

St. Peter Julian Eymard achieved his goal of priesthood and religious life with the Marist order only to be uprooted again by a call the Lord placed in his heart. He moved from a life of stability and success to a life of struggle to birth a new religious community.

Perhaps the words of Jesus, “Do not think I have come to bring peace upon the earth, I have come to bring not peace but the sword” challenge our tendency to become complacent. We long for peace and stability. Yet God has a dream for us which is more than we can ask or imagine, one constantly moving us forward to a deeper relationship with him and others, to greater service and care for the vulnerable in our world and to losing our lives that we might find his life for us.

Jesus didn’t come to continue the status quo. If everything was already fine, there would have been no need for Him. He came to offer us new life. With what have I become complacent in my life? Is there a longing in my heart for a deeper relationship with God and others? To whom should I offer a cup of cold water today?

Let us pray:

Lord, we pray that you expand our vision of who we are called to be in your loving plan. We ask that you send your Spirit into our hearts that we might trust that every time you call us to experience a death to self, you offer the promise of new life. In doing so may we bring life to others. Amen

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Mary Muehle

Mary is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament, parishioner of Saint Paschal Baylon Church and a former chaplain at Grace Hospice in Cleveland, Ohio.