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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's "Worth Revisiting" Wednesday - Two Truths - Two Questions

Thank you, Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan, for hosting It’s "Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and enjoy the posts of some very talented Catholic bloggers.

 

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This is my contribution:

Two Truths - Two Questions

At least two essential truths flow from Luke's Gospel (Lk 1:26-38): “Nothing is impossible with God!” and “Let it be it done to me according to His will!” It is upon these foundational stones that we must live our earthly lives. 


What intellectual, emotional and spiritual maturity Mary displayed! She was, after all, just a teenager, one whom some believe at an earlier age had vowed her virginity to God. What courage she had to ask the angel Gabriel, "How can that be? I know not man." What grace God showered on her that she might have the faith to step forward and do what He was asking of her, something which from the eyes of the world was impossible, made little sense and would, in fact, place her at risk of being stoned. To have such faith in God is to be His fearless and trusting servant.

How many times have we disappointed God by scoffing at what He was prompting us to do, believing that it was impossible to do what He asked of us, or that we were not worthy or talented enough to do so or that we were afraid of what others might think of us or do to us if we obeyed His directions? When God asks us to do something, we should do it – immediately, without hesitation and with full confidence that He will achieve His will through us – no matter how improbable or impossible or difficult or counter cultural His request may appear. How often has that been our response?

It had been widely popular a few years back to suggest that before taking any action, we should ask ourselves: “What would Jesus do?” Fair enough. Today’s readings suggest another worthwhile question: “What is Jesus asking me to do?”

Bet our lives and the lives of those around us would be substantially different if we got into the habit of asking ourselves both of these questions. What do you think?

3 comments:

  1. 'Today’s readings suggest another worthwhile question: “What is Jesus asking me to do?”' Great point. Thanks, Michael.

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  2. I needed to read this this morning. I know the Holy Spirit guided me to it. Thank YOU for being faithful to doing what Jesus has asked you to do.

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  3. Thank you James and Anne for visiting and commenting. And to think I almost did not post this...Oh, when will I learn to be obedient...

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