Friday, July 8, 2011

now i get it

The homily this morning centered on "keeping it all together". And on trust. Trusting in the Lord to keep it all together as He did with Israel/Jacob's family in the first reading, and as He did with the early church in the Gospel, and as He does with us in our every day lives.

Trusting in the Lord is something easier said than done for some of us. If the truth be told, the basis for so many sins is a lack of trust in God...the idea that we can't trust God to do what is best for us. It's one of those things that often makes its way to confession in one way or another.

And often I get a penance along the lines of "spend some time in prayer thanking God for the way he works in your life." Sometimes it seems like kind of a "nothing" penance. Always good, but not real demanding or time-consuming, and certainly not unpleasant.

But now I get the connection...the way to build trust in the Lord, the good Monsignor said, is in prayer. Forget about the "gimme list" he said. God already knows what's on that. Spend time, instead - perhaps daily - reflecting on the graces God has given you, the jams He's gotten you out of, the good things he has done for you. That builds trust.


  1. This is great advice! Our pastor's homily took on the angle of not being aggressive....not being a wolf in sheep's clothing.

  2. I really like this idea. I will try it!

  3. I like to read your posts about the homilies and compare it to ours. Today, the thing I got out of the homily was that the priest said something like this: Being a Christian/Catholic doesn't mean our lives are perfect. It means that we have the faith to get through all the "stuff" that happens in our lives.