There are many days when I read the readings for daily Mass and think “Those are nice.” but don’t really have any thoughts or insights that come to mind that I can share with you. Today is one of those days. I have some work that I’m managing right now that has me up early because our work has been questioned and now we have to face some of the “higher ups” with our customer later this morning. I’m not sure how that is going to go and both me and my foreman are a little stressed you might say. With that in mind, I tried to keep a clear head while reading Today’s Readings but with again, it was a morning where I wasn’t sure what words of wisdom I could offer. So after reading through the scripture readings this morning, I went back to Bishop Barren’s thoughts he posts everyday and was offered this to contemplate…
From Bishop Barren’s post for this morning:
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus identifies as his mother and brothers those who do the will of God.
The proper attitude in the presence of the saving God is obedience and acquiescence, imitating his moves, responding to his commands, doing whatever he tells us. To live the good life is not finally a matter of autonomy but of obeying commandments: “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”
Mind you, listening to commands is tied closely to love on the part of the one who commands, and since love is nothing but the willing of the good of the other, the obedience that Jesus speaks of is a surrender to the one who massively wants what is best for the surrenderer.
When, through faith, we see every moment and every creature as an ingredient in the divine plan, we live in joyful surrender and with a sense of wonder. What is God doing for me now? What path is opening up to me? Why did God send that person, that trial, that pleasure to me just now?
So with that in mind, I will face this trial with the confidence that God will be at my side; that as I pray every morning, He will send my guardian angel with me to this meeting – to light, to guard, to rule and to guide me. Yes, I am still stressed, but at least I know that I can face this trial knowing it is all part of a greater plan for me, for my foreman, for my company that God has in mind for us.
Do something great for our Lord today – trust in Him. He will be there for you every step of the way. To paraphrase an old childhood prayer…God is good. God is great. Let us thank Him for this day.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.