October 30, 2020

The first reading from today’s Liturgy is the opening address from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the first European converts to Christianity. Deep affection and gratitude for the graces conveyed on each other was a shared gift. It is expressed with faith as a clear and true understanding of the unique role Jesus plays in the salvation of all. Paul writes: “…I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you…I am confident of this, that the one who has begun this work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus… I hold you in my heart, you who are partners with me in grace…how I long for you with the affection of Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 1:3, 6 -7,8)

The richness of affection and gratitude expressed by Paul reminded me of the graces we often take for granted as we live the Christian life. God knows our hearts better than we know ourselves. As we grow in the life of the spirit gifted to us at our Baptism, God teaches us that everything comes from him. He implants knowledge that we are made in his image and likeness, redeemed, healed, and graced with awareness of our goodness and enjoyment of our status as his daughters or sons. We are blessed with our families and our friends, companions on the journey, who share affection for Jesus with us. In a unique way, each of us is an instrument of God’s transforming gift of love that continues to shape lives.

We enjoy and are graced by the most precious gift of all…our sacred liturgies and the priceless gift of Jesus present on our altars in bread and wine…We are Eucharist … abiding presence! We gratefully go forth to share his affection for us in loving service.


Father God, thank you for sending us your Son to teach and heal and suffer and die for love of us, – to be like us in all things but our sin. With a grateful and loving heart, we thank you for the gift of Eucharist, your abiding presence in our very selves. Thank you for your merciful care and the grace of awareness of the goodness and love you have instilled in us. Bless friends and family who have graced our lives and loved us into life with you. Grace us with courage to live our lives surrendered to your way for us. Amen.


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About Anita McMahon

Anita lives in New Port Richey, Florida.