Daily Reflection — Neither Hot or Cold

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass…

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)

It is human nature to take the foot off the gas and to coast. We see it in football. A team is dominant and and moves to a large lead and then it gets lazy and unfocused, allowing the opponent to get back in the game.

In a more important setting, marriages suffer when one or both spouses begin taking the other for granted. They fail to make the effort. A husband begins caring more for himself than he cares for his wife. The sacred bond is harmed.

The same happens when we forget that we owe everything to God—the One who made us, sustains us in life, and gives us every grace needed. We become lukewarm, indifferent.

The Lord tells us with no uncertainty what He will do with us. He offers us everything. All we have to do is say yes and will to open our minds and hearts to his grace.

Lord, grant us this grace to truly love you—and those you place in our lives—more and more each day.

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

He and his wife have two married children and three grandchildren.

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