In the sight of the angels, I will sing your praises, Lord. — Psalm 138:1
Mass Readings: Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 or Revelation 12:7-12 / John 1:47-51
Ralph, my late father-in-law, was easygoing. He never lost his temper or had an unkind word for anyone. His first impulse in any conversation was to direct the focus on you. He wanted to know how you were and what you were up to. He was comfortable in his own skin and content with his choices in life. He was one of those people you were always glad to see.
In today’s Gospel Jesus hails Nathanial for “having no duplicity,” which reminded me of Ralph. It’s also the feast of the archangels, who are without guile as well. Everyone has his or her own personality but we’re all called to be holy. The more we become who we were created to be, the closer we draw to God. Grace leads us toward wholeness.
Prayer: Lord, let Your grace smooth my rough spots and trim my excesses.