Saint for the day: Joseph Cafasso (January 15, 1811 – June 23, 1860)
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 – Psalm 103 – Matthew 5:33-37
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; … As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us.(Psalm 103:1 & 12)
In the first scripture reading for today’s liturgy, St. Paul gives us a reminder that when we are with God, “all things are new; the old things have passed away.” (II Cor.5:18) God is the ever-present “now” and not the stagnant “was.”
Go back to the beginning of today’s first scripture and read it slowly. One line or phrase at a time and let the words expand. The word, “reconciliation” appears several times in both a sense of receiving and giving which should give us some hope and a reminder of a popular secular phrase, “what goes around comes around.”
We can’t just sit around bemoaning that God is not real to us without our getting up and going out to make Him real to someone else. You want to be happy? Begin by making those around you happy. You want to be successful? Start helping others to get up and active. You can see where I’m going with this so keep going on your own. As you do this keep that phrase from Psalm 103 in front of you. The one at the beginning of today’s reflection. He’s the God of the ever-present NOW and His mercy and forgiveness is unending. Amen!