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Memorial of St. Augustine: Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

“The Lord takes delight in his people.” (From Psalm, 129)

This past weekend here at Saint Jude, the homily was offered at each of our Masses by Deacon James. His recurring theme was, “you are good enough!” This was in response to how Peter must have felt when Jesus bestowed upon him his new role. I’m sure that Peter, in his humanness, felt anything but adequate. Deacon James reminded us, that, while we may feel inadequate before others or get way too down on ourselves at times, we are always adequate in the eyes of God.

The Psalm for today’s Mass makes this statement, simply and directly: “the Lord takes delight in his people.” (Psalm 129). This is also the feast day of Saint Augustine. The scripture, the feast, and the message all go hand in hand, as Augustine is one of the best examples from our history of someone who turned his life around based on the belief in God’s unconditional love and mercy.

God may not delight in some of the things that we do or say, but God always takes delight in us. As we begin another week, let’s be honest with ourselves about our weaknesses and areas in which we need to grow or “convert,” without being too hard or down on ourselves. May we draw strength from the promise that the Lord does indeed take delight in us! I hope you have a great week.