Some words from the first reading in Hebrews today really struck a cord with me..."for a little while." we do see Jesus "crowned with glory and honor" because he suffered death, he who "for a little while" was made "lower than the angels" that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2 All these times when the Cross is heavy and hard and suffering is real and The storm is terrifying us and we call out... Jesus stands and tells the storm to "be still!" Jesus is in control as he has conquered sin and death and suffering and evil... although it seems like long and hard and impossible - our cross is only lasting a "little while" and it brings us to turn to Jesus in our weak and sinful state. "Jesus, I need you!"
How many times when we are in the midst of suffering/a storm in our lives does it feel like there is no way out and we are doomed? Thinking back to John's cancer 7 years ago... at this time we were in Rochester in the midst of John's stem cell transplant and we had been battling his brain cancer since Father's day. Now 7 years later and now cancer free and cured... the time we battled and the ups and downs seem to be only "a little while." For John it continues to remind him every day that he prayed for faith half-heartedly and found it through brain cancer, as he continues to ask the Lord to show him the path to take. His one burning desire is to share far and wide his undying love for Jesus, Mary and The Church!
The stole is from the last mass we celebrated with Pat's mother's cousin, Fr Germain Louwagie... the rock upon which our faith is built!
Love to see that my daughter and brother are collaborating to share The Faith!
I love this from Father Dajczer (2009)
"Reading of the Holy Scriptures is fundamental to your growth in faith and of your sharing in God's life. It is looking at oneself and surrounding realities as though through the eyes of God."