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Scripture Reflection - September 6, 2020

Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York Gospel Reflection

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95: Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20

Listen. Come. Bow down. Love. Assist. Care.

These words seem to be a thread running through all three readings and the Psalm today.

We are reminded in Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.” Today we are asked to listen to what others say to us. Their words may be something God needs us to hear. They may be God’s way of helping us become what God wants us to be. Conversely, others may need to hear what we have to say to them. Our words may be helpful to them on their own journey towards God. Our words, however, must always be founded on love.

How do we keep our hearts full so that we may always speak with love? To realize that God loves us, that God wills our good, that God provides opportunities to grow in our love of God. To stand before God, to bow down and worship God. To come and sing joyfully to the Lord. To recognize God in others.

As Blauvelt Dominicans and Christians, we are so blessed to worship, to listen, and to serve. God tells us every day: I have loved you with an everlasting love. God gives us the opportunity to pray with and for each other. God speaks to us in our loving relationships with our Sisters. God provides us, through our Community, with opportunities to serve the People of God.

This week is the anniversary of entrance of many of our Sisters. What a perfect time again to thank God for such a gift. Thank you, God the Father for creating us. Thank you, God the Son for redeeming us. Thank you, God the Spirit for guiding us.

Sr. Monica Paul Fraser, OP


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