A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

To carry or not to carry

As we go through life, it is important to look at ourselves and see what we are carrying within us.

We may be carrying resentments. We may be carrying attachment to unhealthy things (spiritually and otherwise).

Today’s readings remind us what to carry and what not to carry.

In today’s Gospel (Luke 9:1-6), our Lord warns His followers against excess.

He also warns against carrying resentment.

And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet
in testimony against them.

In the first reading (Ezra 9:5-9), Ezra holds both the memory of past sins but also the joyful recognition of God’s mercy.

This sentiment is echoed (no coincidence) in the Responsorial (Tobit 13:2, 3-4a, 4befghn, 7-8) – important words for us to carry throughout this day:

So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.

Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages.