Family of Faith
How big is your family? Are they the the that always keeps tabs on one another, constantly calling through the week, checking in, making sure things are going well with one another? Maybe you're not as close, only really checking in on special occasions or when something major happens. We all have different experiences of family, but for the most part, we can probably all agree on the fact that families love and support one another, especially when it comes to our greatest time of need. God shows us that we can all belong as a part of His family, welcoming to His table, to celebrate and join in Communion. Do you offer the same love and acceptance for your friends and family?
Today's Gospel states:'When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made. "I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one' (John 17:1-11).
Today's reading talks about how we are a part of one faith that draws us together, inner-connected as a family in faith. We all attend mass, listening to God's word, receiving the Eucharist, joining in communal prayer. It is so fascinating to think that as we celebrate communion as we do on Sunday, there are many many others across the world doing the same thing. You will always have family in faith, all of us connected to God, sharing His love with the world. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you to really accept everyone to your table in love.
Today we pray:
Thank You for bringing me into Your family in faith. Help me to be acceptant and inclusive of everyone as You are, inviting all people to Communion with You.
I pray in Your most holy