Reflection for Monday, February 4, 2002: 4th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorGaston, Maria Teresaen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGaston, Maria Teresaen_US IIen_US Timeen_US 4en_US
dc.description.abstractI'm reminded of a daily reflection written last December 11th by Fr. Rich Gabuzda. He beautifully invited us to contemplate the saving instinct of the New York firefighters and how magnificent must be the might of the saving instinct of God!||In the first reading today, David could have silenced the man Shimei who was cursing him. He chooses to instead consider that there might be something good that comes from God for enduring the suffering in a repentant and non-violent spirit. David is in touch with the greater power within him. In the face of attack, he exhibits the power of restraint, letting the curses go through him, around him, not letting them provoke him to anger and violence.|In the gospel, Jesus lets an unclean, tormented man approach him and talk with him. He meets the evil with a steadiness and confidence in God's will to save.|What about our instincts of compassion? When people lash out at us in irrational ways, can we let their words flow around us and not provoke us to retaliate? Can we draw upon the compassionate love of God that dwells within us to help us see woundedness and lead us to pray for God's healing to penetrate the life of the one attacking us and for God to free them? Don't we desire others to do that for us when we are 'beside ourselves' with stress or anger, hatred or grief?|Lord, help us to be instruments of your compassionate, saving love. Help us in times of trial. When we face evil in ourselves, in our world, in others we encounter, stir up in us the confidence that you are with us. Strengthen us in thought, word and action not to succumb to the instinct of violent retaliation, but rather to draw from the well of your patient, compassionate and powerfully healing love.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 323en_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCenter for Service and Justiceen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local12 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 5:1-20en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, February 4, 2002: 4th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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