Mass Reading & Meditation for June 13, 2013
Meditation: 2 Corinthians 3:15–4:1, 3-6
Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church
All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
“Focus!” we may say to a child who is easily distracted from the task at hand. In a similar way, mothers find it easier to endure the pain of labor contractions when they fix their attention on a focal point at the other end of the room. And St. Paul urges us to gaze on the face of Jesus, especially when pain and confusion threaten to rob our trust in God.
We all experience confusion, that feeling we get when the truth seems veiled. We may be facing a choice between two attractive—or unattractive—alternatives. We may be burdened by grief or guilt that makes it hard for us to remember how much God loves us. We may see no way out of a difficult situation.
Whatever challenge we may be facing, we can still come before the Lord and focus on him. And when we do, “the veil is removed” (2 Corinthians 3:16). Things may not become crystal clear immediately, but as we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, we will gradually be changed. We will become more like him. We will understand better how to follow him. Gradually we will come to a place of peace where we can move ahead in trust.
But don’t wait for times of confusion to gaze on the face of the Lord! Make it a regular part of your prayer. Don’t go into a particular situation just seeking clarity. Simply settle your heart on Jesus and seek to know him more intimately. Then, you’ll find yourself more peaceful whenever times of confusion or difficulty arise.
Maybe you can set aside time to stop in a church and kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. Maybe a crucifix, an icon, or a picture of Jesus on your wall can become your focal point. Or maybe even a phrase from Scripture or a line from a hymn can help you find the Lord. Find what works for you, and stick with it. Gaze on the glory of the Lord, and your heart will be changed!
“Jesus, many things are unclear to me. Brush away the cobwebs, and help me focus on your love for me.”
Psalm 85:9-14; Matthew 5:20-26