Posted by: livingscripture | June 21, 2014

Eleventh Saturday of Ordinary Time


                                                                     June 21, 2014

Saturday of Week Eleven of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?”

 (Matt. 6: 27)      

How should we live this Word cbconsolator_t[1]

Many have experienced going from hospital to hospital, from doctor to doctor for health problems for self or others.  We do all we can to heal our more or less serious illnesses.  Sometimes, we go into crisis and we ask ourselves, ‘have we done all we could?’  Preoccupation for ourselves or our loved ones is sometimes so invasive that we forget Jesus’ words.  It is good to repeat them, “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?”

We know that there is a difference between being occupied and being preoccupied.  However, when health and life are on the line, and there is the possibility of death, then our preoccupation overwhelms us like a flooded river, together with the suffering, the effort to accept it, and the fear for the future.

This is a time of struggle in which physical and moral suffering must live side by side with faith and trust.  It is the moment in which to accept the future as it comes, in the certainty that it is in God’s hands.  He knows our heart, our tears, and our desire to live.  Our preoccupation and our anxiety cannot lengthen any existence even a little.  The hours of our life belong to God.  He is their Master.

God leads us with the wisdom of the One who knows us to our depths and loves us just as deeply.  This trust does not take away our suffering.  Jesus openly recognizes this, without any superficiality regarding our pain, when He affirms, “Sufficient for a day is its own evil”.  The heart’s suffering is not diminished.

At the same time, God asks us not to torment ourselves.  The only remedy for the torment of preoccupation is to believe that He is taking care of us.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my trust in the Lord and give all my preoccupations to Him, knowing that His love will take care of everything for my greater good.  I will unite my sufferings with His so that they may be purifying and redemptive for me and for the world.

You Lord, number the hairs on my head and the hours of my life. You ask me not to be preoccupied about things that depend on You.  I ask You to help me to trust You.

The voice of Madeleine Delbrel, A Woman of God 

   To hope is to wait with unlimited trust for something that we do not know, but on the part of the One from whom we know love.


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