Pastor’s Reflection for October 18, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

The basic truth of life is that God created us to be in a love relationship with Him. One of the enjoyable moments in a human relationship is just spending quiet time with the person you love. We don’t do much of that in our relationship with God. How often do we just sit quietly with the Lord and receive His love? The following reflection came from “The Word Among Us,” commenting on Psalm 136. Let this reflection sink into our hearts.

Yes, Lord, I give you thanks for your mercy and your faithfulness toward me. I know that you love me, and I want to love you. I know that you are loyal to me, and I strive to be just as loyal to you. But even more, you are all these things to me and more (merciful, faithful, loving, loyal, generous) when I prove to be unfaithful or unreliable in my relationship with you. Thank you, faithful One, for your friendship with me, which endures forever!

Lord, your love for me is constant and unwavering, even when I turn from you –when I don’t talk to you or spend time listening to you, even when I go days without thinking about you! Your love neither wavers nor falters as you wait for me to turn back to you, even if you have to wait for years. Thank you, Lord, for being constant in love and for always being good to me. Your mercy endures forever!

Father, nothing I do causes your love to fade, for you are love, and you are unchanging. You are relentless in your pursuit of me, and you never grow tired of waiting for my return. Your love never stumbles at my offense but, rather, paves the way for me to come back to you. You never hesitate to embrace me when I do approach you once again. Thank you, mighty God, you who are faithful and tireless, for your mercy endures forever!

Lord, I can love you because you first loved me. Because of your constant mercy toward me, I am learning what love really looks like. By letting your mercy soften and melt my heart, I can love you in return. And when I am filled and enlivened by that love and mercy, I can share it with the people around me. Your love for me and my love for you can spill over into the lives of my family, my neighbors and my co-workers – even my enemies. Thank you, Father, for your love endures forever!

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, October 19, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,