Pastor’s Reflection for January 24, 2016
Last week I wrote about the prayer of petition and that we should thank the Lord for answering our prayers even before we see the results. Whatever answer we receive, we can trust that it comes from a loving Father who wants the best for us and will bring His good in every situation. To continue the teaching on the prayer of petition, I share this reflection from The Word Among Us;
In the face of seemingly unanswered prayers, it’s tempting to move away from God instead of towards Him. It’s tempting to give up on Him and remain locked in sorrow and frustration. But God does work when we pray. Our prayers may feel inadequate, and our faith may seem too small. But our Father sees to it that no prayer goes unnoticed. No act of faith or trust- however small- goes unrewarded. He doesn’t need us to be perfect before we come to Him. What good would that do anyway? We would have no needs to bring to Him!
This is one of the greatest blessings of prayer: you can come to the Lord no matter who you are or what you have done. He welcomes you with open arms, even when you don’t think you deserve it. He loves to hear what is upsetting you, and he loves to offer you His help and His grace. May we all have this intimate relationship with our God.
Lent is right around the corner. Last month I made available the book, Rediscover Jesus. This year, you can join The Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever, which is based on Rediscover Jesus. It is a free email program that will take you on a 40 day spiritual journey to encounter Jesus and yourself in a deeply personal way. Each day you will receive an inspirational email with a short video featuring Matthew Kelly and a member of the Dynamic Catholic Team. Throughout Lent, they will guide you through each of the 40 chapters in Rediscover Jesus and share simple ways to bring Jesus into your everyday life. You can sign up at DynamicCatholic.com/Lent or find it on our website home page.
Fr. Jim Wenzel is home for a few days on personal business. He will be celebrating the 7:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 31st.
I will be available for confessions on Tuesday, January 26, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,