March 8, 2020
Review the Readings
Listen to the Readings
In the first reading, God speaks to Abram (who will be
renamed by God to Abraham) and is told to leave his family and friends, all security, but with his wife Sarah, to go into the wilderness where God will lead them.
What must have gone on in their minds... they are to leave all security and start a journey into the unknown? Wow!
Remember that they were very old and and Sarah was without child. Because of that, she was thought to be cursed. But because of their Faith, they started the journey and God worked and in spite of her age she had a son, Isaac
God can ask us daily in big and small ways to leave our security, to journey into the unknown.
I know, for me, to leave my security, my plans and to have to do what I don't particularly want to do, or go where I do not particularly want to go, shows my lack of faith.
I have to acknowledge my lack of having the faith of Abraham, our father of Faith.
When we fail to answer the daily challenges in our lives, let us, at least, recognize our lack of faith and pray to become more like Abram.(Abraham)
In the second reading, Paul writes to Timothy and tells him to bear up under difficulties and hardships.
Those same words are also for us when things don't go as we wish.
Paul tells Timothy that the gospel message is often made present for others through the hardships they encounter. We too have been called by God in this age to make Him present to others; at times through our hardships, difficulties, and unwanted encounters.
Are we willing to trust God when He puts before us situations or hardships that are difficult?
Are we willing to go out of our way for others?
We know that often actions speak louder that our words.
In the gospel we get a glimpse of the Transfiguration. The three apostles that Jesus takes up the mountain with Him will experience Him as God speaking with two important prophets.
This was to help the Apostles keep their faith when the Passion of Christ would happen. They would experience doubts and fears. They had to deal with the events that they thought would certainly never happen to Jesus as Messiah!
Just imagine how great is God's love for humanity.
He forgives us again and again, even when we fail to journey into the wilderness, the hardships of our lives.
And not only that, but He then gives us the strength to start again into the wilderness of each new day; to face new hardships and situations. We can start the journey again. That is how we make God present for others. Wow!
Our prayer must always be...
Lord increase my faith!
Never give up!!!
You have been called!!!
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