Reflection for Tuesday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of the Year (Year 1 from the Inclusive Lectionary Texts)
Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Psalm Deuteronomy 32: 3-4, 7, 8, 9-12 Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Sisters and Brothers, what is it that we are most afraid of? What is it that we fear? Are we afraid that our loved ones won’t be protected? Are we afraid that what we wish for or want will not come to fruition? I think we spend too much time wasting away so much brain power worrying about things. Things in general and of course all other kinds of things. I think we worry so much, stressing ourselves out that we hurt our bodies both mentally and physically. The headaches, the migraines, the neck and back pain, do these sound familiar?
I am not saying that we shouldn’t plan and dream a little, but when we put so much time and effort into something that has not happened yet, we begin to try and control the situation. Who do we think we are, God? Let God do what God does best. Which is God taking care of God’s own people? We have to put our trust in God, totally and not partially. Moses had to trust fully when leading the people. We are God’s inheritance; we are God’s own no matter who we are or where we come from. It does not matter how we worship or if we do not worship at all. The One who is the source of all being, of all that is and exists will come to be and pass, but in God’s time. As Jesus has told us, God comes even for the one. As the great Catholic mystic Julian of Norwich says, ‘All will be well, all will be well, and all matter of being will be made well.”
Friends, if you have the opportunity today, I would suggest a song, if you will, to listen to for meditation. There are many songs of course, but this one comes to mind. The song “Live Fully This Moment” (1989 The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc.) from the Monks of Weston Priory, the refrain follows. ‘Live fully this moment; do not dwell in the past. Don’t be concerned about tomorrow. Be present to each other, with hearts full of love, be alive in the reality of now.’
Jesus says, tomorrow has enough of its own drama. We are the children; we are the daughters and sons of God, so let’s remind ourselves of it and live it. I know it isn’t easy at times, as I have to remind myself of it also when I stray.
rev. Michael Theogene