Tuesday, May 21, 2013

not so ordinary

Sirach 2:1-11; Ps 37 Commit your life to the Lord, he will help you; Mark 9:30-37

Commit your Life to the Lord and he will help you.

What will he help you with?

He will help yo become like a child, "Whoever receives one child, such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me."

What else will he help you with?

listen to our first reading for today from the book of Sirach,

 "my son when you come to serve the Lord, stand in justice and fear, prepare yourself for trials...Be sincere of heart and steadfast, incline your ear and receive the word of understanding, undisturbed in time of adversity.  Wait for God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not.  Thus will you be wise.  Accept whatever befalls you, when sorrowful, be steadfast, and in crushing misfortune be patient; for in fire gold and silver is tested, and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.  Trust God and he will help you; trust God and he will direct your ways; keep his fear  and grow old therein..."

This is no ordinary invitation.  God in deed will help, but his help is meant to transform us, try us, make us like himself.

This is his goal for us.  He will not make the way easy but he will make the way for us to be transformed in holiness and virtue.

Commit your life to the lord and he will help you.  Be ready.  Be firm.  Be still. Be transformed.

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