Friday 12 July 2019
Day of Penance
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30. Psalm 36(37):3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40. Matthew 10:16-23.
The salvation of the just comes from the Lord – Psalm 36(37):3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
‘What you are to say will be given to you … the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you.’
Jesus warns his apostles to expect suffering and betrayal at the hand of his opponents. But he empowers them with words of encouragement: ‘Do not worry about how to speak or what to say.’ In the same way we can take heart in the presence of the Spirit living within us. As we attend to this presence, let us ask for the grace that we be directed in all our decisions.
We are also encouraged to ‘be wise as serpents and innocent as doves’. Let us consider this an invitation to sift and discern the spirits at work in our personal lives, in our relationships, in our families and workplaces. Where am I being led personally and interpersonally, Lord? Give me the grace to notice your active presence in the communities to which I belong, and the ability to respond to your invitations.