Posted by: livingscripture | May 28, 2011

Fifth Saturday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia.  When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, so they crossed through Mysia and down to Troas.

                          Acts 16: 6-8                                                                  

How should we live this Word

This passage of Acts traces the journey of Paul and Silas as they proceed in their announcement of the Kingdom of God.  This account enables us to perceive Paul’s strong personality as he follows his plan, and rightly so.  However, he is ‘sent’ as is the one accompanying him.  Thus the Lord who has sent them has every right to change their plans, to indicate new, unforeseen paths. Paul allows his plans to be continually modified or even changed and suppressed, as the one in regard toAsia.

This is a very eloquent teaching for us today as well.  We are children of technological progress, electronic programming, therefore we do not act on caprice.  Our actions are usually well planned, which is a good thing.  However, all still remains in the hands of the One who has His plan- His will for the good of all, even if  it is sometimes wrapped in mystery.  This is where the Word questions us today.

The defect of rigidity sometimes compromises our humanity.  If this is what was planned, then this is what we must do.  The Lord unites us to Himself, takes us into His heart if we are flexible, listening to His plan, to His will that is certainly better than any plan we may have. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will think about my ability to change my plans when God directs otherwise through persons, events, situations, inspirations.  

Grasp me, Jesus.  Make me attentive to the Father’s will as You were.  Grant that I may not be the master of my plans but rather the happy executor of Yours. 

The voice of St. Seraphino of Sarov, Orthodox Monk

 Just as the iron abandons itself to the anvil, thus do I abandon my will to God.

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