Even in desperate times when we feel most alone, we may trust in the Lord’s presence and great love for us.
How Do We Cope?
This being so, how foolish we would be if we let the normal cares of the world choke off our connection to the one who is our strength and our hope. When we feel surrounded by problems and demands, able to rely only on ourselves, it is easy to forget that God is with us. When we stop including God in our approach to daily life, we start to think that we can rely only on things that we can control. And in our eyes, things start to take on a value far greater than their actual worth.
Serving One Master
When we put too great a value on things and their ability to help us ‘control’ life, then things, or the security they represent, become our masters, not tools for our use. It is easy to become so concerned about not having them that we turn into selfish, isolated people ruled by fear and anxiety.
We have many legitimate concerns in life and we need things. It is only in serving one master, the Lord, that we can treat things as gifts to be used to live properly as God’s children. Then we can grow in confidence and freedom, engaging with life not as a problem to be solved but as a wondrous mystery to be discovered.
How do you prevent things, and the desire for them, from making you a slave? How do you use your resources, your wealth, as tools to help you live as God’s children?
The Ash Wednesday Mass at 7:00pm March 5 will include the service for the imposition of ashes as a sign of our desire for conversion. The actions of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Development and Peace ShareLent campaign will be the main focus of our assistance to the poor during Lent. Next Sunday’s bulletin will include suggestions for Lent.
May the Lord comfort us and strengthen our trust in his saving power.