January 27, 2017
(St. Angela Merici, Virgin)
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. Heb_10:32-39
The salvation of the just is from the LORD; he is their refuge in time of distress. Ps_37
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. Alleluia Verse, Mt_11:25
I always love how the various Scripture selections in the Daily Mass Readings fit so nicely together. Today we’re hearing about both the challenges of being Christian and the rewards. It may take strong perseverance, but God is here to strengthen us. It may take great endurance, but Jesus is our model of the greatest endurance. And it may take an acute listening ear and heart, just like a child. But all things are possible when we have God in our hearts.
Sunday we will hear the Beatitudes in our Gospel Reading. It’s time to prepare ourselves by becoming like little children and seeking the most minute details of what God is telling us! Seek first His Kingdom, and all these things will be added unto you . . . Mt 6:33
I’d like to share a simple example that I recently experienced of this child-like movement of faithful open hearts. Last Sunday I preached at our 5:30 Mass. The homily related to the inauguration of Jesus’ ministry as He went out to the Gentiles of Galilee for his initial preaching, healing and the calling of disciples. The Holy Spirit (whom I always give full credit to for compiling these words) concluded the short discourse with ways in which Jesus is calling us, as well. “Come, and we will change the world.” “Come, and take a flicker of My Light into your soul, so that it can shine upon others, who may still be lost in the darkness.” (Inauguration Homily link)
Well, at the exact moment I said the word “flicker,” the lights in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel, (which is behind the Ambo, so I didn’t notice it as I was speaking) began to flicker on and off. It apparently became so distracting to the congregation that eventually a hospitality minister turned the lights off. But after Mass was over, I had several people excitedly come up to me asking if I had seen it. They were just Bubbling with excitement in the sign they received from the Lord! THAT’s child-like faith! And I thought that was pretty Awesome too!!! Sometimes when our hearts and minds and ears are open, there are all kinds of signs the Lord will send us – whether they’re actually miraculous or coincidence, they move us to move that excitement to others! And that’s God’s inspiration!
Blessed be our God!
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