October 13, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“There will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good…” (Romans 2:11)
STAY THE COURSE: The world we live in today challenges us on a regular basis. It seems that everywhere we turn we encounter negativity and divisiveness. We see more selfishness and in-your-face attitudes than we do kindness and gentleness, than we do compassion and charity. We may ask ourselves, is it worth the effort to do good? Are we simply spinning our wheels?
St. Paul, in his Letter to the Romans, encourages his audience to stay the course. He reminds us our efforts to do good may not see immediate results, but will ultimately lead us to glory, honor, and peace.
Addressing youth in 2014, Pope Francis said, “Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. He gives us the courage to swim against the tide.”
If enough of us stay the course – do our best to do good by treating others with kindness, love, and compassion – perhaps we can turn back the lack of civility and tide of divisiveness we are experiencing in the world.
If not, maybe we will change one heart, which is our daily mission as disciples of Jesus Christ.