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October 15, 2021

St. Teresa of Avila (St. Teresa of Jesus)

Rom 4: 1-8 

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness irrespective of works:

‘Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,

   and whose sins are covered;

blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Looking at life from both sides

On St. Teresa of Jesus’ feast day and today’s first reading we are invited to reflect on prayer as a friendship with God. 

We all have that friend who claps for us and pushes us even harder to get out of our own way.  They constantly challenge us to look at life from both sides. That is God. We walk away from the conversation frustrated; however, who are we really frustrated with?

Is God proud of us for showing up and doing our part?  Absolutely.  God knows we can do more and sees in us what we are incapable of seeing in ourselves.  May our friendship with God be one where we look at our lives from both sides as God does. Still loving us.

Lauren Morton is the cofounder and Executive Director of Bee at Peace, Inc and an associate at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

Prayer

Listen to “Both Sides Now” sung by Emilia Jones from the film “CODA” twice.  What speaks to you and your friendship with God?

—“Both Sides Now” written by Joni Mitchell, © Crazy Crow Music, prayer question by Lauren Morton


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October 15, 2021

St. Teresa of Avila (St. Teresa of Jesus)

Rom 4: 1-8 

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness irrespective of works:

‘Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,

   and whose sins are covered;

blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Looking at life from both sides

On St. Teresa of Jesus’ feast day and today’s first reading we are invited to reflect on prayer as a friendship with God. 

We all have that friend who claps for us and pushes us even harder to get out of our own way.  They constantly challenge us to look at life from both sides. That is God. We walk away from the conversation frustrated; however, who are we really frustrated with?

Is God proud of us for showing up and doing our part?  Absolutely.  God knows we can do more and sees in us what we are incapable of seeing in ourselves.  May our friendship with God be one where we look at our lives from both sides as God does. Still loving us.

Lauren Morton is the cofounder and Executive Director of Bee at Peace, Inc and an associate at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

Prayer

Listen to “Both Sides Now” sung by Emilia Jones from the film “CODA” twice.  What speaks to you and your friendship with God?

—“Both Sides Now” written by Joni Mitchell, © Crazy Crow Music, prayer question by Lauren Morton


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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