Readings & Reflections: Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time & St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, January 12,2018
Fallen human beings try to refashion reality. That is why the people of Israel defiantly demand that Samuel appoint for them a king; that is why the scribes repudiate Christ’s genuine authority to forgive sins. The “splendor of our strength” is walking in the light of the Lord’s countenance.
Heavenly Father, we sometimes lose sight of what is going on around us and we forget that it is our mission to be witnesses of the Good News. A lot of times, we overlook the human suffering around us. We forget Christ’s preferential option for the marginalized and suffering. Lord, give us the grace to focus on Christ and be united in faith when we gather for religious services and pray together. Being united in faith with each other, sharpen our eyes to see the human suffering around us and increase our desire to alleviate it, and to commit ourselves to serve the marginalized in our society and globally. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.