Pastor’s Reflection for November 15, 2015
As Fall progresses, most of the trees are becoming bare but the evergreen are staying green. This is a lesson that we can learn from nature. All the evil within us, let us shed from our lives. We are continually in need of repentance and conversion. On the other hand, let us continue to live in the ways of holiness, in season and out of season. Let us be faithful in walking as disciples of the Lord. Let us witness the life of Jesus as we journey to the kingdom of heaven.
I read the following meditation from Fr. Jacques Philippe which is good for our reflection.
Accepting the Lord’s Invitation
Our great drama is this: Man does not have confidence in God. Hence he looks in every possible place to extricate himself by his own resources and renders himself terribly unhappy in the process rather than abandon himself into the tender and saving hands of his Father in heaven. Yet, how unjustified this lack of confidence is! Isn’t it absurd that a child would thus doubt his Father, when this Father is the best and most powerful who could exist, when he is the Father in heaven? In spite of that, it is in this absurdity that we most frequently live.
How many young people, for example, hesitate to give their lives entirely to God because they do not have confidence that God is capable of making them completely happy. And they seek to assure their own happiness by themselves and they make themselves sad and unhappy in the process.
This is precisely the great victory of the Fathers of Lies, of the Accuser: succeeding in putting into the heart of a child of God distrust vis-à-vis his Father!
It is, however, marked with this distrust that we come into this world. This is the original sin. And all our spiritual life consist precisely in a long process of reeducation, with a view to regaining that lost confidence, by the grace of the Holy Spirit who makes us say anew to God: Abba, Father!
We have learned many things in the past that we need to delete from our minds. We all need to grow in the awareness that God indeed is our Father. We need to grow in trust and confidence that we are under His care. If He sent His Son as our Saviour, we have the evidence of His great love for us. Let us continue to grow closer and more intimate in relationship to our God who is Father to us.
I am available for confession on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,