Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
Today, in Mercy, Jesus tells us that he wants none of us to be lost. He wants that so much that he would leave the whole flock just to find us. That’s how precious we are to God.
We’ve all felt lost to God at times – maybe through sorrow, depression, doubt, anger, distraction, self-absorption, laziness or a thousand other kinds of paralyses and sins.
We hear people – maybe ourselves – say, “I just can’t pray” or “I don’t have time to pray” or, “I’m too angry with God to pray.” Or, probably the most common excuse, “I’ll pray just as soon as I get everything else done.” Of course, we never get everything else done!
I think that sometimes we stray from God because we are afraid:
- that our faith is not strong enough to receive God’s answer
- that we are not good enough for God to love us
- that we cannot measure up to honest relationship with the God of Truth
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to get past our excuses and fears. He says, “Get up here on my shoulders and let me carry you. I already know all about your excuses and fears – and I love you beyond them. Let’s go home to God’s heart.”
Music: I Will Carry You ~ Sean Clive