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dc.contributor.authorPedersen, Cathy Weissen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 363en_US
dc.description.abstract"This treasure we possess is in earthen vessels, to make it clear that its surpassing power comes from God and not from us." (2 Cor 4:7)|Lost something...can't seem to find it anywhere? For those of us in the senior citizen population, it hints that the aging process might be making its presence ever more apparent. As a child, we were encouraged to call on St. Anthony to help us find the missing item. I have to admit that at times when I did find the lost item, I wondered if St. Anthony fell in the category of other superstitions - lucky rabbit's foot or the wish on a four-leaf clover or falling star.|Today we observe the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua. I was curious about why the church decided that St. Anthony's role was the 'finder' of lost items. My research unearthed a compassion-ate man whose journey to follow Jesus included the mundane as well as the miraculous. He wished to preach Christ's gospel in Morocco and to become a martyr for Christ's sake, but due to illness found his plans changed. Because of his deep understanding of Scripture, he became a great preacher/teacher in Italy who's influence brought many to repentance. Perhaps this is why he became the saint to be invoked for the recovery of lost things...he assisted many to find their way back to God's loving forgiveness. His illnesses and the call of God through the community to bring God's presence and love to the people in an ordinary way changed Anthony's plans.|Perhaps St. Anthony was frustrated by the change of plans, but chose to obey his superiors commission to go teach and preach rather than to go off to foreign lands and possible martyrdom. How often do we think that we know what is best for others or ourselves? We make plans, set our own agendas, and then become upset when things don't go according to our designs?|St. Paul, in today's first reading seems to bear this out. He acknowledges the continual struggle with the fact that our bodies are earthen vessels. We have to cope with life's challenges, not only with our own human weaknesses, but those of others' around us. Yet Paul doesn't despair; rather he sees his own failings as well as the persecution/resistance from others to his message as a way that God's presence can be more fully recognized. Paul says, "I believed, therefore I spoke." If we believe, do we also speak, bearing witness to the truth of the spirit in our lives, yet willing to let go of the outcome and let God work through us?|I find this most difficult at times. I often get caught up in trying to perfect what and/or how I am doing...thinking that if I just 'get it right', others will certainly understand the message and then, of course, follow through on the message. But, as Paul reminds us, "...our bodies are earthen vessels" . . . with many limitations. How difficult it is to not succumb to judgements by others, or often, much more critical self-judgement! How do we invite the Spirit into our actions, our words, our witnessing to the spirit of God in our lives? Can we truly 'let go and let God?'|As the psalmist today, proclaims: " I am your servant...I will fulfill what I vowed to you in the presence of all your people." And earlier in the psalm, "Be at rest once more, O my soul, for God has been good to me." To be at rest, we are encouraged to trust in God's love to carry us through whatever struggles we face, whether from our own limitations, and/or the challenges of others and the world in which we live.|Finally, today's gospel holds up some harsh teachings: "If your right eye causes you to sin tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown in Gehenna." St. Anthony once advised a young man that it is better to cut off his foot than to kick his mother. However, after the young man cut off his foot, Anthony miraculously rejoined it. Perhaps Anthony realized that such a strong admonition must be tempered with compassion. As humans, we continue to struggle with our tendencies to do what is not good. However, our God is there to help us rather than to condemn us, if only we turn to God's forgiveness and repent.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, June 13, 2003: 10th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCampus Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorPedersen, Catherine W.en_US Timeen_US 10en_US
dc.subject.local12 Corinthians 4:7-15en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 116:10-11, 15-16, 17-18en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 5:27-32en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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