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dc.contributor.authorLaquer, Brigid Quinnen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 443en_US
dc.description.abstract"I hear that when you meet as a Church there are divisions among you . . . " (1 Cor 11:18)||St. Paul admonishes the Church of Corinth for not maintaining the proper attitude during the celebration of the Eucharist. In order to 'do this in remembrance of [the Lord Jesus]' they must have the attitude of self-giving and aim for unity among all present. This made me reflect on how my own parish welcomes individuals at Masses; and how I as an individual interact with others around me. Do I greet friend and stranger alike? Do I introduce myself to people I see often, but do not know? Am I tolerant of the little children's activity? Am I impatient with the older person with the walker that is going so slowly?|How am I treated when I attend Mass at another parish? My children have commented often on 'friendly' churches. We have had the opportunity to travel quite a bit especially in the American Southwest so we have experienced Latino churches, Native American churches, rural churches and churches in smaller towns and cities. I think the big city churches could learn something from the smaller churches. The clich and eacute;s always say country welcomes are insincere and they just want to know your business. In my experience their curiosity has always been one of sincere interest and easy acceptance. Can I be as easy and secure of myself and reach-out to strangers in my church? Even people I see on a regular basis, but have never spoken to?|In the Gospel today Jesus is impressed by the faith of the centurion; a Gentile. Would He be impressed with my faith? Would He find me impartial? Would He know me as a Christian because of how I love others, even strangers and enemies? Do I find God in all things, especially other people? Are my ears open to obedience? (Ps 40:7) Do I delight in God's will? (Ps 40:9) Do I announce justice to the vast assembly? (Ps 40:10).|Today's readings leave me with many questions about myself and I am not sure I like my answers to a lot of those questions. Jesus is Eucharist. We are grains of wheat destined to become Eucharist. We are bearers of Jesus, echoes of His word, reflections of His presence. His love is not meant to be exclusive and selfish. Jesus is always "sending his disciples forth"; sending us forth beyond ourselves. It should be a simple thing to reach out to others at Mass. Why don't we do it?|St. Ignatius' prayer comes to mind: "Lord Jesus, grant that I may see you more clearly (in my fellow humans), love you more dearly (in all things), follow you more nearly (through loving and serving others generously). Amen.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 Monday, September 16, 2002: 24th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.program.unitPreventive Medicineen_US
dc.program.unitMolecular Diagnostics Laboratoryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorLaquer, Brigid K. Quinnen_US Timeen_US 24en_US
dc.subject.local11 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 7:1-10en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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