September 6th, 2014: Three thoughts from the readings at daily Mass

“What do you possess that you have not received?” (1st Corinthians 4:7): Everything we have is a gift: relations, possessions, abilities, etc. Being called “self-made” is more a moniker than a reality because if God stopped thinking of us for even a moment we would disappear.

“The Lord is near to all who call upon him” (Psalm 145:18): If we allow the Holy Spirit to make an abode of our hearts, then we can be sure that God is near us. Often it’s difficult for us to be cognizant of God’s presence among us. In order to continually recognize God’s nearness to us, we need to cultivate a pattern of prayer that reminds us of God’s presence throughout the day.

“The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath” (Luke 6:5): Christ’s lordship extends over the entirety of human experience. His lordship doesn’t serve to impose burdens upon us, rather to remove burdens from us so that we can live and love with the freedom of the children of God.

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