Tuesday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
You were at that time without Christ, alienated from the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12)
Father, through sin we damage our relationships with one another and lose access to Your sanctifying love, depriving ourselves of full relationship with You; so our offense is our failure in genuine love of You and our neighbor.
Saint Paul, by reflecting upon Israel's experience of exile, directs our hearts to know, and not accept or enjoy, the absence of Jesus' love in our lives. He tells us, "Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival." With trust in Your mercy and desire to adhere more closely to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, I join with Paul in the faith and knowledge that, "through Him the whole structure is held together ad grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you are also being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit."