July 7, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. — Psalm 66:1
Mass Readings: Isaiah 66:10-14c/Galatians 6:14-18/Luke 10:1-12,17-20 or 10:1-9
A Difficult Command
Jesus has given many challenging commands, such as turning the other cheek, but one in today’s Gospel is particularly tough for me: “eat . . . what is offered to you.” It’s not that I’m a picky eater, but there are some things that I really don’t like. Squash, for instance. Or rare meat. Or parsnips. My gag reflex sets in at the very mention of them.
Often I’m tempted to think that being a good Christian has to entail major sacrifices, such as being a martyr or forgiving someone who has wounded me deeply. Of course, those can be part of following Jesus, but there are also the more homely sacrifices . . . like accepting a serving of squash (no, I don’t like it even with butter and brown sugar) and eating it without making a fuss.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant me the grace to accept small sacrifices with courage.
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