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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Musings - Ask For It

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"...if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."
(Matthew 17:20)

We often take the many blessings we receive for granted and easily forget from whence they come. These blessings, gifts, and "things" to which we have become attached can be taken away from us at any time. They are not our property. They come from God and are His gifts to us. We can neither earn them nor do we deserve them.

How then do we react when these blessings, gifts, and "things" are taken from us? Do we accept their loss as God's will for us, despite any attendant hardships that come with their absence, or do we shout out at our Lord in resentment and out of a sinful sense of entitlement?

Is our happiness dependent on trusting God under all circumstances or on holding onto the blessings, gifts and "things" He has given us?

I doubt many of the Israelites who were thrown into slavery in Egypt were pleased with those turn in events. I suspect that few, if any of them, thanked God for that "blessing".  Not many believed their enslavement was best for their eternal well-being and consistent with God's plan for them.

But that is exactly the type of Faith each of us is called to have and to live.

Few of us have such Faith!

We should ask God for it.  

1 comment:

  1. Michael, you are so right.The saints became saints by asking God for that increase of true faith and love, and loving His Will. The Little Flower didn't doubt God would make her a saint even when she she was still falling asleep during prayer time.