2019.012 Readings, Reflection and Pondering for Tuesday 12 February 2019: Epiphany

Daily Office Readings:

AM Psalm 78:1-39; PM Psalm 78:40-72Isa. 59:1-15a; 2 Tim. 1:1-14; Mark 9:42-50

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.”  (2 Tim.1:5)

I was informed long ago in an undergraduate adolescent psychology class that most children gravitate towards the faith of their mother.  According to Paul this was true for Timothy. As a priest I can say with every confidence that it is the women of the church that keep the church going.  I also recall that even at the crucifixion of Jesus it was the women that went near the cross while the men followers huddled together in a locked room. Not meaning to be sexually biased here towards women but it is what it is.

In my own childhood life we were not a church going family. My dad would speak of God as the Creator that was “out there somewhere.”  My mom on the other hand would tell me that when things weren’t going well or there was a problem, to put it in Jesus’ hands.  She did insist on my sister and me going to St Vincent de Paul Catholic School.  That was very formative for me.

So, did God do something special with women such that they are more equipped to carry on the faith?  Not fair.  Oh well, I am thankful for all the faithful women in my life.  Thank you Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.

Ponder #12

I am sharing my two stars. So each star has five points.  Please look at earlier post to see the beginning.

The third point of the first star is “Keep Word.”  Language is a beautiful thing.  With language we get to let others know what we are thinking and what our intentions are.  We also let them know what to expect from us in terms of our obligation to them.

Just as God gives us God’s Word and keeps it, so also should we, being made in God’s Image, give our word and keep it.  Children under the supervision of parents count on the bonded word of relationship between parents, the promises they’ve made to be there.  This is their safety net.  More than that, relationships are sealed with words of promise that we hold as the assurance that we can count on our soul mate in sickness and in health till death do us part. When we borrow money we give our word that we will pay it back. We also give our word about caring for our community and our church.  Such promises should be given with every intention of fulfillment.  What good is our word if we don’t honor it?  If we want God to keep God’s Word about eternal life, and I know I do, then we too should keep ours about whatever we promise. Or, just be quiet altogether.

This is the third point of my first star and it requires a continuous effort to Keep our Word.

 “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)

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