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Last week, my reflection centered around Luke Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
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I shared my conviction that just as Christ gave the Apostles power and authority for their situations and encounters, so does the Risen Christ give us resurrection power by the Holy Spirit for our moment-by-moment living and loving. Nehemiah seems to have gone about his life with a keen awareness of the presence of God with him, and his deep dependence on God to help and comfort him.
Nehemiah reminds me that through prayer, God gives power and authority, strength, comfort, conviction, wisdom, guidance — whatever charism, grace, or word I need. More importantly, through prayer, God gives Godself. Through prayer, we nurture our relationship with the God who loves us. People who know me would agree that I am easy to sidetrack. Students and friends know that I am one derailed train of thought away from twenty minutes of tangential, and likely trivial, conversation. This tendency sheds light on my affinity for blazes.
I love that purple square painted on a tree or the cairn a small pile of rocks that guides your hike through a barren region. It is these trail markers that keep you on track. They are a sign reminding us how we got here, where we are going, and why we are on this journey in the first place.
Have you ever been grumpy with a Saint? Hopefully, your answer was no. For much of my life, my answer was no. Almost every evening my husband and I read and reflect on one of the daily Mass readings as part of our evening prayer.
Despite our inability to grasp God and His infinite presence, we are still called to seek God in all things. However, as I reflect on this passage today, I am led to a different angle. I wonder if Jesus was looking for some confirmation of his call as he was coming to further discern and understand his identity as Son of God.
Having just recently moved, I can relate to the feelings of nervousness and uncertainty! They were met with hardship, and even war. Soon their earnest attempt to rebuild the temple stopped. Even the governor Zerubbabel and the high priest Joshua were complacent. I work for Heart to Honduras, a non-profit organization that serves the materially poor in communities of rural Honduras. I travel light, but I do bring the basic necessities.
A friend of mine and I were talking recently and he has been suffering from health issues. On this occasion, his wife was present but just listening. My friend looked at his wife and smiled and then began to cry. I looked at him as if asking what he what are you feeling. Every day on my way to work, I drive north on I, past the Wagner-Ford road exit where one of the tornados did some serious damage over Memorial Day weekend.
As we all know, quite a few buildings, homes, and businesses were damaged or destroyed, including Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church. For many, the rebuilding is just beginning. Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by an invading army, and all the wealth and leading people of the city were exiled to a foreign empire. Those who did remain were too poor to have any sort of government or building project; they simply did the best they could, subsisting for decades, until the next king and empire looked favorably on the Jews and funded a new effort to rebuild the temple.
I've turned on many lights that I've then obscured to give me just enough light to see, but hopefully not so much that I disturb the sleeping children. And yet, I wonder if this reverse of Jesus' rhetorical situation might not shed some light on his point pun fully intended. This fact is hit home to me every day as I walk my youngest child to preschool about a mile away. Of course, my four-year-old, being four, sees this walk as an opportunity for mommy time, and for exploration of the world.
Our walk gradually gets slower and slower, I remind myself that taking time to talk about her questions is just as important — if not moreso — than the pile of papers on my desk. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Money tends to get in the way of true value in many aspects of life.
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