Today's Good News Reflection

Making the scriptures meaningful for your everyday life.
by Terry Modica
Find Saturday's Reflection in INSIDER'S VIEW >>

Good News Reflection

Today's Good News: We bless God by going the extra mile for Him.

Good News Reflection

Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr
November 12, 2019

Today's Prayer:

My Lord: Give me a clear understanding of my duty towards others and the humbleness I need to remember it throughout all my life. Amen.

Today's Readings:

Wisdom 2:23--3:9
Ps 34:2-3,16-19
Luke 17:7-10
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111219.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/2019/19_11_12.mp3

How do you bless the Lord?

[ Listen to the podcast of this reflection ]

Because we love Jesus, we want to please him. We certainly don't want to be "unprofitable" (useless and unproductive) like the servants he describes in today's Gospel reading. How profitable are you in the mission he has given you -- the calling to continue his mission here on earth in the circumstances of your own life?

Why isn't it good enough for Jesus when we do "all you have been commanded"? To be use-full, we have to do more than our duty, more than what's expected of us -- like Jesus did. We have to do more than the minimum requirements in the parish, in the home, in the workplace, and in the world community.

Mediocrity is not the hallmark of a truly alive Christian. In fact, I would dare say that mediocrity is a sin, because we should always (always always!) be giving God our very best efforts.

In today's responsorial Psalm, we promise to bless the Lord at all times. What does this mean? How does one bless the Lord; is it by saying, "I bless you, God"? Like HE needs our blessing. Ri-i-i-ght.

We bless God by going the extra mile for him. How can we be a blessing to him if we settle for the mediocre instead of excelling and doing the very best that we can with everything he's given us? He has gone that extra mile for us; oh how we pain him when we don't even try to do the same for him!

Consider, for example, how much we put into the parish collection basket. Are we obeying the minimum scriptural requirement here (10% of all income) or even close to that much? A couple of dollars does not bless the Lord unless our income was less than twenty dollars that week.

Are we going to Mass only as an insurance policy to protect ourselves from punishment and hell? That's not blessing the Lord. Are we in marriages that have not been sacramentalized by the Church because we don't want to put forth the effort to do whatever must be done to receive the Sacrament? That's not blessing the Lord.

In parish ministries, are we doing only what must get done, ignoring the needs of those who don't fit nicely inside our policies and procedures? Are our parish events and projects done without a spirit of evangelization? If so, we're only doing our duty -- and Jesus says we're useless.

Oh-oh!

The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (of Vatican Council II) says: " ... the member [of the Church] who fails to make his proper contribution to the development of the Church must be said to be useful neither to the Church nor to himself" (paragraph 2).

Oh-oh again!

Being a blessing to the Lord means that we're so excited about what he has done for us that we feel like we will never be able to do enough for him. This feeling of holy frustration motivates us to serve above and beyond the call of duty. This divine dissatisfaction is what transforms us from useless servants to friends of Jesus who reach our full earthly potential.

As useful servants, we want to make a difference in this world for the kingdom of God. We want to serve his kingdom until our dying breath and even after we die! And so, in heaven, we'll continue the ministries of love that we started while we lived on the earth. (What, you thought "resting in peace" meant floating around on a cloud with nothing to do? How boring!)



© 2019 by Terry A. Modica

Please share this with others. See our Copyright Permission page or use the social sharing icons at the top this page.
© 2019 by Terry A. Modica, Good News Ministries.
Printed for single-user, personal use only. To obtain a distribution license, go to catholicdr.com/calendar/.
This page was printed from gnm.org/good-news-reflections/ where your friends can subscribe free to receive reflections like this every day!
Search
Do you want to
grow in faith daily?


Receive Catholic
Good News Reflections
like this one
every day by email !

You will also receive a free ebook
"10 Prayers That Changed My Life"
Delivered by text message
Delivered through Podcasts
Read this Reflection @ our Virtual Retreat Center
Do you have a
SWEETHEART?

Reflections for Couples
See our
Reflections for Couples!
From a reader named Bobby: "Too often Catholic pencil pushers use their hierarchy of intelligence, throwing out four syllable words, forcing the reader to open a dictionary, promoting self and not Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Other astute writers will quote from everything they have read and springboard into a verse or two from the Bible. What I like about GNM, you present the truth in a simple and non-compromising format that anyone can understand. Jesus taught on the level of the people who were listening."
Send donations to:
Good News Ministries
11705 Boyette Road, Suite 277
Riverview, Florida 33569 USA

GNM logo donated  by
Brent Delperdang of
Delperdesign

Website content © 1996 - 2019
Most photos © Terry Modica. All rights reserved.
See our Copyrights Page for permission.

Most of our content is available
(or can be made available)
for distribution at
Catholic Digital Resources.

Looking for
Charlie Osburn's
Good News of Divine Mercy?

This is NOT it! Here's his info.

Contact Us

Privacy Policy

A suggestion for you:

Online Retreats

The “virtual retreats” of Good News Ministries are online prayer and reflection experiences that you can enjoy wherever you are. All of them offer healing, rest and restoration in the gentle arms of Christ. Some are interactive. Some are prayer-poems. Some are multi-media. Some are in Virtual Reality (and you don't need headgear to see it). Take time alone with the Lord: [go]

Enjoy an Intimate Conversation with Jesus

Jesus the Good Shepherd

Speak to Me, My precious one!

Tell Me about those who are closest to you, the sorrows they cause you, and your fears for them. How would you like Me to help them? .... [go]

Want to receive this by
email or text message?


Receive daily the free
Good News Reflections
You will also receive a free ebook
"10 Prayers That Changed My Life"

Regístrate y sé uno de los
7 Guerreros de la Cruz

¡Ayuda a completar uno
de nuestros equipos!

Únete a uno de nuestros equipos victoriosos. Elige un día de la semana que aún no se ha cubierto.

Se requieren siete guerreros de oración para formar un equipo. Cada miembro del equipo elige un día de la semana como su Día de Victoria. Durante tu día, dedicarás una hora a orar y la ofrecerás por la victoria sobre el mal en tu familia, en la Iglesia y en el mundo, y por la protección de Good News Ministries y por los avances que necesitamos para poder hacer todo lo que Dios nos llama a hacer.

Luego de elegir tu Día de Victoria, te enviaremos por correo algunas oraciones sugeridas.

Fíjate debajo, en los recuadros de los equipos, para ver qué días aún necesitan ser cubiertos. Selecciona tu día de la semana para registrarte como tu Día de Victoria.