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Daily Reflection for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Good Morning Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to read today’s scriptures at the following link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071817.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the references are:
Reading 1: Exodus 2:1-15a
Responsorial: Psalm 69: 3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
Gospel
: Matthew 11:20-24

“… the mighty deeds done in your midst”      (Matthew 11:20, 21, 23)

In today’s gospel Jesus upbraids three Galilean towns for failing to recognize the mighty deeds done in your midst. That phrase is repeated three times in this short passage. Jesus surely wants his hearers to get the message: wake up to God’s presence all around you.

Seeing God’s presence around us has been easy for me the last two weeks while our entire family was in Alaska to celebrate Paul’s and my 50th wedding anniversary. We saw God’s mighty deeds in the breathtaking natural beauty: majestic snow-capped mountains, magnificent glaciers, astounding moose and whales.

We also saw God’s mighty deeds in the unmerited fruits of our marriage: our adult sons, their wives, and our grandchildren. It is nothing short of miraculous to see the remarkable richness in this totally ordinary and imperfect family—the attempts to love, the dreams of the young still searching for their future.

Returning home from the mountaintop risks falling into a ho-hum attitude that misses noticing the reality of God’s mighty deeds in our midst in my everyday experience. How to stay awake as Jesus urges us today?

Notice the wonders of God’s creation, spectacular signs of God’s presence and love. They surround us always but on an ordinary day I miss a lot. Click here to view Br. David Steindl-Rast’s stirring video, “A Good Day” which opens my eyes and inspires my gratitude.

Notice and give thanks for today’s opportunities to give and receive love. If God is love, then whenever we witness or perform an act of love we are seeing God at work.

Noticing God’s mighty deeds requires me to live in “the sacrament of the present moment,” to be where I am with attention. The here-and-now is where I will meet God.

Slow down a little today, notice God’s presence, and give thanks. Meister Eckhart taught, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

Wishing you God’s blessings,

Jean Galanti

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