August 25, 2017 Friday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time-A

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22

Psalm 146

Matthew 22:34-40

Ruth said: “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!  For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge…” 

Ruth 1:16

Lord, what beautiful dedication and love your ancestor Ruth showed to her mother-in-law.  You are descendent from a wonderful woman!  Her story must have inspired you as a youth.  These could be your words to us, your people, because they describe your faithfulness to us to a “T”.  You are never far from us and are always inviting us to come even closer to you.  Ruth had no clue what her new life would bring.  She trusted that whatever God’s will was for her would be OK.  Sounds a lot like your mother, Mary.  She too, abandoned her plans for yours.  Not knowing what lie ahead for her she trusted and stayed open to whatever God’s plan for her life would bring.  Lord, I want to have the humble trust of Ruth.  I need the obedience and abandonment of our Blessed Mother Mary.  Following the example of these two faithful women I am hopeful that I can go wherever you go and lodge with you forever.  Amen.