Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feasts: Saint Pontian—Pope and Martyr (c.-+235), Saint Hippolytus—Priest and Martyr (c.-+235)
Book of Joshua 24:1-13, Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24, & Matthew 19:3-13
As I read and reexamine today's scriptures, I am especially drawn to the passage from the Book of Joshua. It's not very often that we encounter readings from Joshua in the lectionary. Initially, I saw little to pull me in; however, I kept coming back to it as if there was something else I was supposed to recognize. I know that pull all too well. During my faith journey, it means that the Spirit asks me to take a closer look. I am happy that I did.
Remember Joshua? He was the leader of Moses' army, the famed trumpet player at Jericho, and Moses successor as leader of the people of Israel. It was he who led his people to the Promised Land. Now then, what does all of this have to do with today? Why was I drawn to this passage? Why did the Spirit insist that I listen to the message and write this reflection?
I shall begin by asking you to answer this question—how often do you take time to identify and acknowledge how God has blessed and continues to bless your life? If you are like me, not often enough! I know that I am blessed. However, how often do I, like Joshua, do an accounting of those blessings? How often do I take the time to list them out, feel the goodness of those blessings and acknowledge God's closeness in all that I do and experience?
I freely admit that I lead a busy life. My life is, like yours, full of responsibilities, and there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on my to-do list. Yet, during those moments when I do stop to think about God's presence and blessings during my day, I find a richness of love and relationship that gives me peace. The moments when I set aside time for personal prayer. There is always time to pray—the Liturgy of the Hours, the Holy Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as well as personal contemplative prayer.
Our time in personal prayer is the perfect opportunity to thank God for all of our blessings. The very gift of our lives is a blessing from God. Think about it. Better still, pray about it and encourage others to do the same. Thank you, Joshua!
Question of the Day: Will you make it a daily practice to thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on you and your family?
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who care for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. Amen.