Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
I write this reflection 13 months in the past, during a time when we have had anxiety over our presidential election, the future of our Supreme Court, threats against religious liberty and grave uncertainty about my children’s future.
Today’s Gospel shares similar foreboding – “For the days are coming upon you when … they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.”
There’s a sense of irony that these verses come on Thanksgiving Day, a day when we thank God despite all obstacles placed in our lives. It’s in times of trials and tribulations that God shines through us.
Despite the darkness, we can show God’s light.
And yet, as I write this, I hear nearly 100 youth and teens singing His praises in prayer and worship: “Show Your mighty hand through the streets and land … Set this church on fire. Win this nation back … In His name we overcome, for our Lord our God is able.”
How can we spread the Lord’s peace among the lives we touch?
Lord, help me play my role in setting Your church on fire for You.
Copyright 2017 Robbie Schneider
Robbie Schneider is a wife, mother of two, a writer and social media volunteer for her parish. She shares Catholic scouting ideas on her blog, Use Resources Wisely, and writes regularly for Mom Hats & More.
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