So who is it that inspires you? Who is your window, your portal to see God in all His Glory? St. Paul, for a number of days now, has asked us not to boast in ourselves, but to look to our weaknesses…
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan,
to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.
Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.”
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ;
for when I am weak, then I am strong.
So today I think of all those who I know that inspire me daily with their courage to trust in the Lord completely because of the “thorns” they bear for Christ on a daily basis…Sarah, Judy, Jackie, Ellen, Sandy, Larry, Jack.
I pray for the women who carry life in their bodies and sacrifice so much for the child in their womb…Lydia, Maddie, Jennifer.
I pray for the men that I know who are great fathers and a living example of God’s love for His children…John, Jeff, Jim, Joe, Jay, Big J, Pete, Joel, Paul, Tom, Chris M, Chris C, Mark, Damien, Jim C (x2). Neal.
It is through all of these people – and many more not mentioned here – who bear witness to what is taught in our readings today.
Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
They also show me the meaning of today’s Gospel…trust in the Lord completely…
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Do something great for our Lord today…seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
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.