Ezra, the priest, brought the law before the assembly: men and women, and children old enough to understand listened attentively to the reading. He blessed the Lord and the people who with arms raised high, answered “Amen. Amen.” Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the Lord, their faces to the ground.
The Levites interpreted the reading and Nehemiah the king, and Ezra encouraged the people to be joyful, not sad. This was a day to remember and to give thanks to God for the gift of the Book of the Law (Deuteronomy). They invited the people to eat rich food and drink sweet drinks and to make the day holy to the Lord. The people rejoiced because they understood what was read, thanks to the interpretation given by the Levites, priests and leaders. The kingdom of heaven is here! It is at hand!
St. Eymard encouraged Mrs. Josephine Gourd to receive holy communion even when she felt weak and because “we need to live in the Lord.” It is better to go to holy communion with your weakness than to distance ourselves from it through fear or humility. Love expresses itself more through surrender than through respect, more through trust than through fear” (CO 240, p 15).
The readings today encourage joy, peace, and communion for all the people, including the young who are able to understand. We must pray for laborers in the Lord’s harvest. That prayer is always answered. It is God’s will, even if it seems to test our faith and patience. We must pray with confidence, and trust in the mercy and goodness of God.
For what shall we pray today?
Let Us Pray:
Father, we believe in your mercy and love. We trust you will answer our prayers. We pray for laborers in your harvest and the peace and joy you promise to those who seek and ask for your love and grace.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)