Saint for the day: Eleutheirius (died: 585)
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1 Corinthians 6:1-11 – Psalm 149 – Luke 6:12-19
“I chose you from the world, that you may grow and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.” (Today’s Alleluia verse before the Holy Gospel.)
Today, as I continue my retreat I am at a wonderful “House of Prayer” in Southern California. Right now, early in the morning, it is very quiet and my time of prayer in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel draws me into the presence of God. Today’s Holy Gospel, the call of the disciples, is another reminder to me (and also to everyone) that we are always being called to follow the Lord and renew our dedication to strive to be one with Him. This is one of the reasons that we, religious, are responsible to make an annual retreat. All of us need to be reminded that we need to “come away to a quiet place” and seek that wonderful presence of God in our lives. Just think how many times in the Gospels Jesus went away from the crowds to be alone with his father, God. Sometimes the “market places” of our lives catch us up and cause us to be distracted from the very reason that we were called? I wish I was able to paint of picture of the beautiful Blessed Sacrament Chapel here at this retreat house. The tabernacle is suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the room and surrounded by what appear to be “seraph’s wings” of clear glass. There is a narrow stained glass window that rises from the floor to the ceiling in a way that draws you up into the realms of heaven. It’s a gift that I am able to be here – alone with God – and let Him renew me with His forgiving love. I have been coming to this wonderful retreat for many years and really do believe that it’s times like this that give me the ability to let the Lord, Jesus renew my dedication to follow Him on my way to the Kingdom. I also want to remind all the faithful readers of these Scratchpad Reflections that I will pray for all of you during this retreat as you make your journey to the Kingdom. Amen!