Here are today’s readings
1 Corinthians 8:1-7,11-13; Psalm 139:1-3,13-14,23-24; Meditation: Luke 6:27-38
Before reading, start off with this wonderful classic hymn of praise from today’s Divine Office morning prayers. Click on this link and then click on Morning Prayer to listen – the hymn is very near the beginning.
The prayers from the Divine Office today reinforced the theme of being connected. I realized as I read that I am connected to all God’s people, not only in the present, but in the past and in the future. If I am immersed in God, I am surrounded by the saints of heaven and connected with all people on earth. When I receive the eucharist, all the saints of heaven, known and unknown, are there with me. I can never think that something I do, even in secret, only impacts me. We are so connected to each other that anything we do will somehow impact others.
The most obvious examples are these: the impact of Adam and Eve disobeying God by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree, thus causing a rupture for all time between God and His people that will never be fully restored until we die. Of course, the other great example was pointed out yesterday on Mary’s birthday, how her “yes” to God brought forth the Savior of the world who saved everyone: past, present and future.
Closer to home, I think of the impact of my parents’ care of us and their careful planning, and how beautifully that legacy is being played out. So many times I turn my eyes towards heaven to thank them for their care. Their love for us will carry through our generation and beyond. Love never ends.
Perhaps now, today, I will think more about what I do, knowing better that it will impact someone, somewhere.