I look forward to reading scripture each day and reflecting on the daily readings. It is something I feel called to do. I think it is helping me to grow as a person and deeper in love with God but I have no idea if it helps others or for what purpose God would be using it for. All I know is that I am asked to put out in writing what I think and believe.
A nobody am I. I have no credentials as a Theologian, Apologist or Teacher of the Faith. My opinions are formed by the teachings of the Catholic Church through Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. So, a sinful nobody am I. I am made in the image and likeness of God like you, I am an adopted child of God like you and I believe fully in one God in 3 persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
What I have learned is that our God is a God of love, mercy and justice. To follow him, I must be loving and merciful. I am no better than you, in fact, I am less than you because I am to place you ahead of me. Sometimes I really screw up and think too highly of myself and learn the tough lesson of being humbled. It’s ok, I am blessed and love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and accept whatever he permits to happen to me.
Three times in today’s Gospel from Matthew 6:1-18, the paragraphs end with … “And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” I have to be very careful with how I write, how I speak and how I act in your presence. I am supposed to reflect Christ in who I am. If things I say or do draw others away from Christ, that is a problem. My wife once commented to me about the way I walk and pray in church that I basically appeared to be “holier than thou.” I never even had thought about it as I was just being reverent to God as I thought I should be.
I know I cannot control what anyone thinks about me and truthfully I am not here to please you but to please God by serving you. My whole point is that I am a nobody who loves the Lord. Please keep that in mind when you agree or disagree with me. I don’t have all the answers, in fact, I have very few but I have great faith in our loving, merciful and just God and in his church. May the glory of God shine through each of us. Amen.