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Peace and Grace

First Reading: Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98:1BCDE, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R. (2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.

R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.

R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.

R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Gospel: Luke 11:29-3

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

NAB

oct 12

In times of strife and distress, do we remember who we are and where we came from to ground us?

My youngest son has recently been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. When he has moments where he doubts his abilities or friendships, I’ve learned to remind him (many times throughout the day) that he is loved, he is known, and that no matter what, he is a sweet child of God.

My little boy is not forgotten.

Lately, he struggles with the feelings of not belonging, or not fitting in because there are rules in our home that are different than those of others in his class. To that, I tell him that he always belongs in our home, and to Jesus. I tell him that Jesus sees his struggles and loves that he talks about them in prayer and before bed with Mommy.

But, in those moments when I struggle with doubt, when I was in that place of worry for him, am I as nurturing to myself? Do I remember that I belong to Christ and I am loved? That I am set apart and called to be holy? If I can be honest, the answer is sometimes. It’s hard, when “we’re in it” to remember Saint Paul’s words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

That’s all God our Father wants for us—grace and peace. He wants grace and peace for me, for my boys, my family, and for you.

What can you do today to remind yourself, a friend, a stranger or a struggling family member that they are loved, set apart and holy? Not just with words but with actions, as true disciples of Christ. This can be listening to friend and hearing them out as they lay all of their troubles over coffee or even a sincere smile as you walk by a stranger on the street.

photo by Sara Grace

Cristina Trinidad is a married, stay at home mother of two children. She also makes inspirational and faith based hand embroidered designs. You can find out more about her here.

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