Reflection on Mass Reading for November 11, 2019
Question #1: What is the relationship between Wisdom and Gratitude?
From the World of Science: “Two important implications of these findings
are that wisdom entails an appreciation of life and its experiences,
especially the growth opportunities that may result from negative events, and that there may be substantial differences between male and female pathways to wisdom.” Study by the National Institutes of Health in 2013
From the World of Psychology: “Gratitude is something that can be nurtured and may go towards the development of greater wisdom.” Study by Gluck and König of Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt in Austria in 2014
From the Spiritual World: “Learn, too, to be grateful. May all the wealth of Christ’s inspiration have its shrine among you; now you will have instruction and advice for one another, full of wisdom, now there will be psalms, and hymns, and spiritual music, as you sing with gratitude in your hearts to God. Whatever you are about, in word and action alike, invoke always the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, offering your thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:16-17
Question #2: What is the relationship between the Veteran and The Lord Jesus?
Both rendered remarkable service to the cause closest to their hearts; both sacrificed what they had and who they were; both of their sacrifices had tremendous and remarkable effects on many; However, Jesus is the only one in history whose sacrifice, death and Resurrection would touch the entire course of human history and by that virtue, every human being who would ever live. We say with distinction and deep gratitude about our Veterans that “All gave some and some gave all.” Jesus gave all so all could have everything.
Question #3: What are you going to do today?
In the Gospel today, we hear the most wonderful and hopeful words of Christ: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Faith is everything and it must be fed daily! Today we remember, celebrate, and pray for those who have served and died defending our country by which you and I are free to worship and live in a free republic. We fundamentally thank Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice on the Cross by which all have the opportunity to live in Heaven forever, including those who, like Him, emptied themselves on the cross of battlefields and combat grounds.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” Abraham Lincoln