Paul, you responded with faith-filled courage to God’s call to proclaim the saving message of Jesus to new places. When you crossed to Macedonia, a whole new world opened up. You were cautious with Timothy, having him circumcised, even though you believed it was not necessary. You were sensitive to those who would hear the message. Like you, Paul, help us to be in the world, but not of the world. Let our worldly wisdom and experience be permeated with the Spirit of Jesus. Holy God of journeys, thank you for choosing me, like Paul and Timothy, to bring your good news to new people and places in the world of my life. Give me the courage of faith and caution born of sensitivity.
Lord Jesus, today we also celebrate the anniversary of St. Therese’s First Communion. Remembering how excited she was about this first personal and intimate contact with you, help us always to be as excited about you and as loving of you as she was and is. Teach us again to appreciate the depth of your love for us and the intimacy of your presence in the Blessed Sacrament and every moment of our day.View Scripture on USCCB Website