Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 6, A.D. 2002

Philippians 2:12-18
Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
Luke 14:25-33

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

How important for each one of us to stir up the fire in us from time to time. Becoming sluggish in our daily work is so very, very easy. We easily become discouraged and weary at the thought of another day to struggle with an energetic spirit if not an enthusiastic one. St. Paul knew well the experience when he contrasted the willingness of the spirit and the unwillingness of the flesh.

Fortunately, we don't need to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps (physically impossible, anyway!). It is by calling on the Holy Spirit that we will have the strength and the will to do it. That's the good news--we have an inexhaustible source of energy at our beck and call. For the Spirit longs for us to call on Him. Jesus, in the Gospel, urges us to not only work, but to plan out our work -- like, where do I want to be in my spiritual life on the day I face my Judge and Maker? Think of that day, and know new energy! It's like a ship's pilot looking ahead at the port -- and adjusting his course accordingly.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)

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