One Minute Reflection – 11 October – Friday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel Luke 11:15–26 and the Memorial of St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you…Luke 11:20
REFLECTION – ” “The finger: “It is by the finger of God that [Jesus] casts out demons.” If God’s law was written on tablets of stone “by the finger of God” (Ex 31,18), then the “letter from Christ” entrusted to the care of the apostles, is written “with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2Cor 3,3). The hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus” invokes the Holy Spirit as the “finger of the Father’s right hand.”…CCC 700
“What things ought I render to Almighty God that He has made me what I am? It is a matter of grace … I am what I am, not from any excellence or merit of my own but by the grace of God who has chosen me to believe. Has He not visited me with over-abundant grace? And was it not necessary for my hardened heart to receive more than other people? …
Lord You have poured on me Your grace. You have been with me in my perplexities. You have forgiven me my sins. You have satisfied my reason. You have made faith easy. You have given me Your saints, You show before me, day after day, Your own Passion – why should I leave You? What have You ever done to me but good?” … Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
PRAYER – Almighty Father, let Your light so penetrate our minds, that we may walk always in that light and follow Your Son, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Fill us with understanding and may the Holy Spirit guide us in love. Allow the intercession of St Pope John XXIII who followed Your light so faithfully be of help to us all. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.