Thursday, May 16, 2019

His Word Today: Place

Good morning everyone,

One of my theology professors would often repeat a word of advice to his young proteges as he attempted to teach us how to approach the task of learning and discerning.  In his words, our task - first thing in the morning and last thing at night - was to put ourselves on our knees and to begin our prayer with the phrase: Thank you God that you are God and I am not.  This statement speaks of humility and surrender, basic attitudes for developing our relationship with our God.

At another time in history, Jesus taught his disciples a lesson that was not unlike the lesson that we were taught by that priest.  Jesus said to them: no slave is greater than his master, nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him (Jn 13:16).  In these words, we can discern a lesson in humility and surrender, a lesson about recognizing God's goodness and greatness, as well as His grace and generosity in inviting us to enjoy a personal relationship with Him.

Today, let us dare to ask for the grace to grow in our understanding of God's goodness to us.  Let us strive to let go of the temptation to think that we are the ones who are gods, and let us strive to be messengers of God's mercy.

Have a great day.

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