Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Readings: Acts Chapter 19 verses 1-8  / Psalm 68 verses 2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab / John Chapter 16 verses 29-33


For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church  – 1 Corinthians  Chapter 2 verses 10B-16 / Psalm 119 verses 9-14 / Matthew Chapter 7 verses 21-29

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Gregory VII, pope, religious  –  Acts  Chapter 20 verses 17-18A, 28-32, 36 / Psalm 110 verses 1-4 / Matthew Chapter 16 verses 13-19

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, virgin  – 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 verses 25-35 / Psalm 148 verses 1-2, 11-14 / Mark Chapter 3 verses 31-35


Friends, during this time of this horrific pandemic, I recall that upon hearing about the virus that I had not thought of it coming here to the United States. Not without thought or concern for the world where the virus had already infected, (Europe, Asia) but out of ignorance saying that the virus would never come here, to the United States. I maybe guessed small isolated incidents would be the case. Well I was wrong, as later I realized that we are on the same planet, not another world.

As we see now, we are home, scattered to our own secure place and even that does not mean we are protected.  Sisters and brothers, yes, we do not have all the answers, but hopefully we believe now more than ever that the new normal is going to be quite different from what we have been used to.

Even despite what is going on, we see that we are never alone, God is with us. We may sometimes put our hope in other things and hopeful outcomes without any certainty, and sometimes we put our trust in people. This is not necessarily wrong, but how often do we do this? Situations and people change, and they change often.  The hope we trust in when we put our trust in people can lock us in and end up disappointing us in the end.

When we realize that life is about being spiritual, that does not mean we do not love one another, in fact we have to love each other more. Not in a possessive way but in the way, God loves us just as we are without conditions. Blessed is the one who lives without expectation s, for they will never be disappointed.

Are we putting our trust in the One who never disappoints? Are we putting our trust in the worlds way or are we willing to do it the way God is asking us to? This is more of  a challenge as we probably are not going to get support. Just a clue though, God and I are an overwhelming majority, we are not alone. Are you up for it? What do you think? Be blessed!

(rev.) michael

For your information, there are several other reflections posted for the day on the CACINA blog. Scroll down to view them. Enjoy.


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