Monday June 14 2021
11th Week in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 6:1-10; Ps. 97:1,2-4
Mt. 5:38-42 (Ps Wk III)
“Now is the acceptable time, now is the moment of grace.” One of St Paul’s most memorable and consoling statements, this saying also provides a scriptural basis for a key point of Ignatian spirituality: “live in the present moment”. Reflection on his own personal experience taught Ignatius that God speaks to us in the present moment and about the present moment to console, strengthen, and guide us. On the other hand, the devil speaks to us about the future, especially the more distant future, to tempt us, unsettle us, and thus lessen our faith and trust in God.
“Do not receive the grace of God in vain.” Paul frequently reminds us of the need to cooperate with God. God’s grace comes to us as a free gift and enables us to live according to the Gospel. God’s grace strengthens our will to desire and to accomplish what is good. It gives us the wisdom to perceive what is best, as Paul says to the Philippians (cf. Phil. 2:9). These strengthening and illuminating effects of God’s grace do not take away our responsibility of cooperating with God's grace in all the daily events of life.
Father in Heaven, grant us the wisdom to recognise the gift of Your grace in the present moment and to respond courageously to Your invitations.
The Eucharist is the miracle in which Christ takes \"the work of human hands\" and presents it to the Father as himself. Our own little bit, our own willingness to search out what we can do, becomes part of that. God is looking for the Andrew in each of us.