There is much calling to me today after a conversation with John at breakfast prayer time this morning. We had a scare with David falling out of the tree house yesterday, and thankfully he is just bruised but fine. As I was praying my usual prayer to all of our family's guardian angels - John and I realized that we could picture Dave's angel protecting him from harm as he fell missing a broken bone or head injury. Then reading the Gospel for today and coming across these words - so when it happens you may believe that I AM. John 13... How true! We see that Jesus is always loving us and answering our prayers and pleas for help! Just looking across the table at John and how his bald head announces to the world his battle against brain cancer and winning. "It would be even more obvious if I were a bald woman." jokes John. Yes, but how he longs even in his day to day job at the bank to share his story of finding Faith through brain cancer! http://familysoulstory.blogspot.com/p/johns-cancer-stories.html This is the page I devoted to John's cancer/healing journey including the article from The Prairie Catholic in which he uses his own words to describe his conversion after half-heartedly asking for faith!
I know that Jesus was speaking of his betrayal and death on the cross and rising on the 3rd day when he said this to his disciples in the Gospel today, but it is also very much the case in our day to day lives that we have our crosses - like our kids getting hurt and being in harm's way - and we do our best to keep them safe and to pray daily without ceasing for their safety... when Paul was leaving to take Dave in to check him over he stopped by the garden and asked me to be praying, and that I did. Prayer is hugely important in our daily life, and then when we realize we have been heard and that Jesus is alive and well and walking with us in this world - we know that I AM!
Throughout my writing this post - I have had to give rides to my husband 3 times now... so I think the message is clear... wrap it up!!! I have many powerful thoughts swirling around my head, heart and soul today. So grateful to Jesus for loving and caring for me and mine! This good and true article about sharing Faith with JOY and keeping your family Catholic - http://www.faithit.com/3-common-traits-of-youth-who-dont-leave-the-church/ I was waiting for the 3rd one - keeping Faith alive and promoting it in the home as parents sharing LIGHT/LOVE/LIFE! I also read a wonderful sharing in my book of 101 stories of mothers, but it looks like material for later...
Jesus, we need only look at each day of our journey to know that you are walking with us - we find you in our domestic Church/family in the faces of all those around us, in Your Word, in the Sacraments, in our prayer times without ceasing, as we meditate on your life as we lift up our needs to your loving Mother of God as we say the rosary, with the Saints that are at your feet always showing us that no matter the cost we can persevere! How can we fail? Only if we turn away from your love! May we always look to you and humbly know that we need you alone to find that small slice of heaven here on earth. Jesus - you are I AM! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah