Thursday April 19, 2018

Bless our God, you peoples,
loudly sound his praise;
He has given life to our souls,
and has not let our feet slip.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy…

It’s funny sometimes how a plan comes together.   Today’s responsorial psalm (66) calls us to cry out to God with joy.  Today’s study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, when loosely translated, calls for us to cry out to God with joy, to give Him the homage God truly deserves for “He has given life to our souls and has not let our feet slip.”  The 6th gift of the Holy Spirit is Piety.

From, we find this definition:

Piety is, principally, revering God with filial affection, paying worship and duty to God, paying due duty to all men on account of their relationship to God, and honoring the saints and not contradicting Scripture. The Latin word pietas denotes the reverence that we give to our father and to our country; since God is the Father of all, the worship of God is also called piety (I/II.68.4; II/II.121.1).

Here is how Merriam-Webster defines piety.

Today’s reflection is given to us by none other than our Pope Francis.  Please spend some time today thinking about this reflection and how we are being invited into a deeper relationship with God.

The following is pulled from Bishop Barron’s daily reflection on the Gospel:

But this God who shows that he is totally love, and who wants us to eat and drink him in, is the God who wants us to be like him. As he is food and drink for the world, so we must be food and drink for the world. As he gave himself away utterly, so we must give ourselves away fully.

We’re not to cling to the goods, honors, and values of the world—all those things that aggrandize the ego—but rather give ourselves away. That’s what we learn from the God of the gift.

And to finish, from the Pope’s reflection…

“Let us ask the Lord that the gift of his Spirit overcome our fears and uncertainties, our restless and impatient spirit, too, and that it may make us joyous witnesses of God and his love.”

Do something great for the Lord today.

God’s will, not mine be done.

Be not afraid.

Jesus, I trust in You.

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