Sat 7th Oct 2017
26th Week in Ordinary Time (A)
Our Lady of the Rosary

Acts 1:12-14
(R. Ps.) Lk. 1:46-47,48-49,50-51,52-53,54-55
Lk. 1:26-38   (Ps Wk II)

The disciples returned to Jesus, full of joy for they had experienced the truth of what they had been sent out to do. They told Jesus what they had done and Jesus immediately responded, “See what I have done.” We can read Jesus’ words in different ways: they can appear as a correction: Jesus reminding his disciples that everything they had accomplished was the result of the power over demons which he had given them when he sent them out. More positively, we may read Jesus’ words as a further step in his on-going formation of his disciples. We learn to reflect on our day, recognizing what we have done to praise, to give reverence and serve God. Our reflection is much deeper when it includes an acknowledgement of what God has done for us, when we make our own the affirmation of Mary in her Magnificat: “He who is mighty has done great things for me.”

The two moments of reflection and acknowledgement, namely what we have done for God and what God has done for us, do not stand in opposition of course, but are two aspects of God’s grace operative in our lives.

Lord God, by the continuous gift of Your grace, grant that everything we do may be done for You and help us to acknowledge with gratitude all that You do for us.