Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time, November 18

May God’s Spirit of Love and Truth Strengthen Us with an Unwavering and a Steadfast Trust in the God Who Will Never Abandon Us, in the God Who Loves Each of Us Beyond All Manner of Human Expression or Understanding.

We read from the Book of Revelations today, “Worthy are you, Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things; because of your will they came to be and were created.”

In life, regarding everything that we think, say and do, each and every one of us makes choices – choices which affect the present circumstances in which we find ourselves, and choices which can also affect or impact our future – for there are always consequences to every choice we make.

And so it is with our spiritual life. In our life of faith and through the gift of free will, our Lord allows us to make choices. Either we can enthusiastically embrace God as our King and Savior, and devote ourselves exclusively to Him, letting Him guide us in this gift of life which He has freely given us.

Or we can completely turn our backs on God, rejecting His Love and all that He asks of us, thereby denying the Truth which He has revealed to us, first through the prophets and then through His Only Son.

Failure to choose God can be likened to our failure to trust. Many journey through life with experiences of betrayal and broken promises. Many travel a path in life wherein the occasions of pain and sorrow can fill one’s heart with distrust and loneliness – some even to the point of despair where we set ourselves apart from family and friends, even setting ourselves apart from God.

And this becomes the greatest of all sadnesses – not allowing ourselves to let go of all that causes us to separate ourselves from experiencing the consoling wonder of His Love. For when we choose not to trust God, we offend His Infinite Goodness and injure ourselves spiritually. In failing to trust God, we transgress against His Love for us – wherein, we find ourselves rejecting the Holy Spirit who only wishes to embrace us, who only wishes to heal us.

And in this failure on our part to truly live our relationship with God – a relationship of love, a relationship of undeniable and unquestioning trust – we choose a life without spiritual joy and peace.

It is for this reason, our Lord teaches us throughout the Sacred Scriptures about the importance of letting go and truly trusting the Divine Providence of Almighty God in all circumstances of our lives, whether our journey takes us to the highest peak or the deepest valley of our emotions – for we are never alone; He is always there with us, each and every step of our journey through life.

Embracing our faith, truly trusting in the Divine Goodness of God, exercising and employing the gifts which God has given us for the sake of building up His Kingdom here on Earth – is what today’s Gospel parable is all about.

Trusting in God, allowing Him to work in our lives, living the gift of faith which He has freely given us – allows us to truly let go of all those emotional elements of needless fear and apprehension which can rob us of peace and happiness. Even Jesus said it best in Mark’s Gospel, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

And this is what was missing from the servant who hid away the gold coin in his handkerchief in today’s Gospel. His fear prevented him from trusting in the king’s goodness. Fear can lead to indifference and an attitude that says doing anything worthwhile or meaningful is not worth trying. And God abhors indifference and He abhors the lukewarm.

God does honor those who trust in Him and who use their talents and gifts for doing good; and those who are faithful with even a little are entrusted with more!

We are reminded in our First Reading, “Worthy are you, Lord our God…” And He truly is worthy of our complete and undeniable trust! He truly is worthy of our total love and dependence upon His Divine Goodness!

We even find in Saint Peter’s First Letter words of encouragement, “Cast all your worries upon [God] because he cares for you.”

May you and I be filled with the grace to live our faith courageously. And may God’s Spirit of Love and Truth strengthen us with an unwavering and a steadfast trust in the God who will never abandon us, in the God who loves each one of us beyond all manner of human expression or understanding. †

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Worthy are you, Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things; because of your will they came to be and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
  • “Then the other servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief, for I was afraid of you…’” (Luke 19:20-21a)
  • “I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Luke 19:26)
  • “Cast all your worries upon [God] because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
  • “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” (Mark 5:36b)
  • “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not.” (Proverbs 3:5)
  • “My steps have kept to your paths; my feet have not faltered. I call upon you; answer me, O God. Turn your ear to me; hear my speech. Show your wonderful mercy.” (Psalm 17:5-7a)
  • “In the morning let me hear of your kindness, for in you I trust. Show me the path I should walk, for I entrust my life to you.” (Psalm 143:8)
  • “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust…” (Psalm 40:5a)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your Love, and Your Strength.

“Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting Love and strengthening Power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us;
for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.”

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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