How has your day begun this Sunday? A worshiping community is gathering nearby awaiting our arrival. A word is provided today by Pope Francis on the
restorative truth of Sunday in today's Angelus address:
"Also, participating in Sunday Mass, where we find the Lord in the community, listening to His Word and receiving the
Eucharist which unites us to Him and one another. And then, days of retreat and spiritual exercises are very important for spiritual renewal."
It is as if the community keeps
us grounded in the foreground as we travel to the heavenly home on the horizon. This goodness of gathering highlights generosity, understanding and welcome in the face of many of life's circumstances. In the second reading from Saint Paul to the
Romans , chapter 12, he instructs to make of our bodies a living gift. What a beautiful word. How may we gift our days beyond more shopping or buying?
illustration was as an ill person entered the final days a gift was extended and when the visitor realized there was no wrapped parcel to return the exchange went on to what was missing. However, the ailing friend spoke with wisdom: the gift
was given and there, in person, as the gift received was the friend himself. In community we are given the gift of one another. May we grow in our desire to be together forging ahead into the Lord's Day.
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