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Monday, February 21, 2011

Feast of Saint Peter Damian

Good morning. The readings for today have given me cause to reflect back upon the readings from yesterday. In the Gospel for yesterday Jesus reminds us that we are all called to a life of holiness, to a way of life beyond just living by the rules. He notes that even non-believers appreciate the wisdom of living by the rules and being kind to others. In yesterday’s reading from Matthew Jesus calls us all to a higher level, He calls us to be “…perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48). Now in today’s readings we are challenged to assess our relationship with God and reminded of our need to appreciate our reliance upon Him and our need to trust in His Divine Providence. We read in the book of Sirach that all wisdom (Sir 1:1-10), all understanding comes from God and it is trusting in His wisdom that we may come to find fulfillment. Jesus likewise reminds us that “Everything is possible to one who has faith.” (Mk. 9:23). The readings for today in conjunction with those of yesterday remind us that we are called to a relationship that goes beyond one of reliance and objectivity; we are called to a relationship that is driven by a desire to be in a loving relationship with Our Creator. In fact we come to know love in our coming to know God. Likewise a man and a woman are called in marriage to a relationship that goes beyond that of reliance and objectivity, to a relationship which reflects the love we come to know in God. We are called to love as God loves. This love we witness in God which we are called to model is not easy and certainly impossible without trust in His love and grace. In a culture that suggests that fulfillment can be had from whatever MasterCard will bear, it sometimes can be difficult to remind ourselves of the need to look to God as being the one true source of fulfillment. We need only look to Him who is the source of all wisdom, and to place our faith in His love and providential care for us. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts and works of Saint Peter Damian.

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