Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
October 26, 2020
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 4:32-5:8; Psalm 1; Luke 13:10-17
As I reflected on today’s readings, I heard several messages and invitations. The first invitation I heard was to be attentive to how I am crippled, bent over, and burdened.
I asked myself, "what is it that is keeping me from standing erect?" This could certainly be the world of Satan, but I tend to look a little closer to home. What attitudes am I currently holding that are not life giving? What assumptions have I bought into that may not be true? Whose opinions am I accepting as right but may not be true? What things, culturally, have grabbed my attention but feel burdensome? Reflecting on questions like these bought me to another question for reflection, maybe even a more important question. How I may be crippling others with assumptions, judgements and attitudes?
I believe it is clear from today’s Gospel narrative that Jesus is implying that the leader of the synagogue was doing just that. With his attitude of indignation, judgement, and “letter of the law truth,” he was crippling those he claimed to be leading. He was preventing them from seeing Jesus as the “Light” and consequently impeding their journeys to live as “Children of the Light.”
Children of the Light are “Kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another…” Children of the Light live in love. When we are not living in love, it is important to take a step back and ask these questions in prayer: “How am I burdened?” How am I burdening others?” Only then will we recognize our role in crippling ourselves and others. We need to pray for Christ’s healing touch and mercy for ourselves and our world.
Question of the Day: How will you become “imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loves us?”
Prayer: “Behave like God as His very dear children.” (Psalm 1)