Wednesday June 27, 2018

For Kari Schmidt and Jim’s children:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed if the fruit of your womb Jesus.  Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

May Jim’s soul, and the souls of all the just, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

I am going to stray from the readings today.  I always talk about the Holy Spirit whispering to me.  Yesterday was another one of those times.  I was coming back from my Tuesday night golf league (shortened to 3 holes because of the weather) and as I was pulling into my driveway (just after 7 PM), I was listening to EWTN radio.  They had just started a program – The Best of Mother Angelica Live – and she was talking about the how in the third year of her ministry of TV evangelization,  things were really starting to fall apart.  She talked about going into the Chapel, in front of the Blessed Sacrament and praying to Jesus, asking the following…”Why me?”  She talks of the response she got from Jesus, which was two simple words back to Mother Angelica.  It was all I heard of the program, but it was all I needed to hear and I’ve been thinking about this since.  The answer she got back from Jesus that day was not a long response, but it was a two word response in the form of a question.  Curious about what His two words were?  “Why me?”  Why me was how He responded to Mother Angelica’s prayer of why me Lord.

How many of us have gone to Church and asked that very same question.  Why me Lord?  I am a good and faithful servant.  I go to Mass on Sunday, I go to confession, I receive Communion so why do I have to face the stress of paying bills?  Burying a loved one?  Miscarrying a child?  Losing my job?  Fighting cancer or any other illness?  Why me?

Now think about Christ’s reply to Mother Angelica.  Why me?  I am the beloved Son of  God; I healed the sick and raised the dead; I fed the masses and converted the sinners.  And for all that, I was persecuted, scourged and hung on a cross.  Why Me?

I would love to be able to answer that question for you here, but I can’t.  I would love to be able to take away all of the stress, troubles, illness’ that my wife, my children, my family and my friends experience or at least offer up an explanation for it all.  I would love to be able to take away the hurt experienced through the death of a loved one and explain why,  but I can’t. Only God can offer those explanations. I / we, must take the time to pray and listen.

Why me?  Two simple words that form a very deep question.  Take some time today to think about this.

Do something great for our Lord today…thank Him for all that we have and all that He has blessed us with in our lives.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid.

Jesus, I trust in You.

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