Companions on a Faith Journey: Feb. 26, 2017 - Divine Providence

Psalm 62 Reading II: Reading Reading 1: 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5 Gospel: Matthew 6: 24-34

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us not to worry. He reminds us that God cares for the birds and flowers. Then, He suggests that we are of more value than these. He reminds us that we can not add a single moment to our lifespan. Yet, I am a first-class worrier.

Why? I try to avoid pain or trouble for others, and myself, by being pro-active. This has seemed to be a positive thing. However, I know it has me living in the future instead of the present. Hence, I often miss current opportunities to roses .

Also, there must be a deeper meaning / b> to this admonition of Jesus. Yes, I am a worrier, but I seldom think of it as sinful. I seldom think of the fact that my trust in the Lord is not strong even after so many years of seeing the wisdom of God either at the time or in retrospect. Often, the Lord has been able to bring good out of what seems bad.

One of my favorite spiritual reading books is Abandonment to Divine Providence, a classic by Jean Pierre de.

Caussade, SJ, which I first read when I was about 18 years old. I have decided to read it again since I still have not achieved the ideal practice of the "sacrament of the present moment" which it advocates. of Caussade points out that Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived an ordinary life on the outer level. However, her inner life was extraordinary because momentary moment her goal was to fulfill the Will of God. He notes that she "looked upon all that she had or suffered at every moment the gift of Him who fills with good things the hearts of those who hunger and thirst for Him alone."

That requires our remembering God's action in our lives in the past . Our Jewish brothers and sisters model this for us in their celebration of the Feast of Passover This yearly reminder of God's faithfulness in the past is a strong basis for trust in the present .

I guess it's hard to grow stronger in our trust , we have to look at the pain and troubles of life not as some things to anxiously avoid , but to accept them along with the joys of life as part of God's plan.

Let us remember that in order for plants ] to grow, there must be both sunshine and rain. Let us live with gratitude to the Lord > at each moment, whether we are currently enjoying the sunshine or experiencing the rain , trusting that our Father < / b> know what we need .

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Reflection Above ... In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us let's not worry. It reminds us that God cares for birds and flowers. Then He suggests that we are of more value than these. It reminds us that we can not add a single moment to our lifespan. However, I am a worried first-rate.

Why? I try to avoid pain or problems for others, and for me, being proactive. This has seemed to be a good thing. However, I know you have living in the future instead of the present. Therefore, I often miss the current opportunities to "smell the roses."

One of my favorite books of spiritual reading is Abandonment to Divine Providence, a classic by Jean Pierre de Caussade, S.J., which I read for the first time when I was 18 years old. I have decided to re-read it, as I have not yet attained the ideal practice of the "sacrament of the present moment."

De Caussade points out that Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived an ordinary life on the outer plane. However, his inner life was extraordinary because moment to moment his goal was to fulfill the Will of God. He points out that he looked at everything he had to do or suffer at any moment as the gift of the One who fills the hearts of those who are hungry and thirsty for Him. "

Later, Fr. De Caussade goes on to say that holiness consists of "doing the will of God, not in understand your plans. " That can be a great challenge for us. That requires confidence .

That requires to remember God's action in our lives in the past. Jewish sisters model this for us in their celebration of the Easter Feast . This annual reminder of God's faithfulness in the past is a solid foundation for confidence in the present.

I suppose that for us to grow we must look at the pain and problems of life not as something to be anxiously avoided, but rather to accept them along with the joys of life. life as part of God's plan.

Let us remember that for plants to grow, there must be sun and rain . Let's live with gratitude the Lord in every moment, experiencing the rain , trusting that our Father knows what we need.

  • Adam Floyd