Friday September 23, 2022

daily reflections

Good News Reflections:
Making scripture meaningful to your daily life
by Terry Modica


DISCOVER TODAY: When you look at someone you don’t like, who is Jesus to you in that person?


Good News Reflection for:

Friday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest
September 23, 2022

Today’s Prayer:

My Lord, today I accept You as my Savior and my God, to whom I consecrate my whole life. Thank You for loving me so much. Amen.

SaintsToday’s Saint Quote & Prayer:
gnm.org/SaintQuotes/

Today’s Readings:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Psalm 144:1-4
Luke 9:18-22
bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/092322.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
bible.usccb.org/podcasts/audio/2022-09-23-usccb-daily-mass-readings

The time to see Jesus

[ Listen to the podcast of this reflection ]

“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks us the same question that he asked his first disciples in today’s Gospel reading.

In every circumstance of life, which we hear listed in the first reading, we either see Jesus as Lord and Savior, or we don’t. When times are good, is he the one we thank for the blessings? When we accomplish a goal that we worked hard to achieve, do we give any credit to him? When it’s time to weep because we’ve been hurt, do we look at the cross and see our pain in his agony and trust in the redemptive power of this sacrifice?

When we feel angry – righteously so or otherwise – are we focused on those who irritated us or do we turn to Jesus for the ability to forgive and find peace again?

When someone treats you unjustly, who do you say that Jesus is? How does he minister to you?

When a boss or parent or pastor or other person in authority condescendingly puts you down and makes you feel inadequate, who is Jesus to you? Has he healed you from feelings of inferiority?

When someone snubs your love and wisdom, who is Jesus to you? Has he shown you how to be patient?

When your generosity and kindnesses have been abused, who is Jesus to you? Has he told you to go the extra mile and is he walking that road with you?

When you feel unheard and your needs are ignored, who is Jesus to you? Is he listening?

When your concern and caring for others is not returned, who is Jesus to you? Does he hug you?

When forgiveness is hard, who is Jesus to you? Is he your source of strength?

When you’ve sinned and need forgiveness, who is Jesus to you? Is he in the priest who waits in the confessional?

When you’ve failed or you’ve made mistakes, who is Jesus to you? Is he the redeemer who works everything for your good?

When your prayer life is dry and God seems far away, who is Jesus to you? Has he been interceding for you?

When you feel passionate about doing a ministry and have no opportunity to do it, who is Jesus to you? Is he running ahead to open a new door for you?

When you look at someone you don’t like, who is Jesus to you in that person?

For more on this issue, take our virtual retreat “Who is Jesus for you?” @ wordbytes.org/spiritual-growth/who-is-jesus-to-you/

© 2022 by Terry A. Modica

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