Wednesday, May 2, 2012

let loose my suckers and relented

I wrote this way back when for Pray.nd.edu. I revisited it the other day, and found it so comforting. So good to remember God's constant, never-ending care for us.

“It seeks a sign.” All of us are constantly seeking signs. We are always searching for clues that tell us what path in life we should take; that tell us what God’s will is for us. We look for signs: signs that tell us which job is the one for us; if that house is the right one for us; which classes we’re supposed to be in; how our test will go; whether that certain someone likes us back; what road we should take. We embark on searches for meaning in the most mundane things.

Signs infest the world around us. In order to see them, however, we need the eyes of faith. When a happenstance that could be marked as coincidence occurs, most people would call it just that: random chance. But Faith opens our eyes to see each little marvel and miracle as the gifts that they truly are. Faith is full of overwhelming gratitude for the world, for God, and for the gifts He gives us. That gratitude accepts every single thing as a gift from God. Everything. As St. Paul writes: “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18) Job, too, praised God in the midst of distress and trial: “Shall we receive Good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? “(Job 2:10) In order to be able to see God at work in the world around us, in the good and the bad, we need Faith.

The greatest sign that God gave us was His son, Jesus Christ. And Christ is still with us, still with His church in the Eucharist. Christ commanded us to “Do this is memory of me,” to commemorate His sacrifice and to reenact His sacrifice on the cross, so that we might never forget the covenant of love He has made with us, so we might never want for a sign of His love for us. We get caught up too easily in the many little worries and stresses of each day, and we forget. We forget that something greater than Solomon is here in our midst. We are not living in the same world that the Ninevites or the queen of the south were living in; we are living in a world that Christ has entered into, redeemed, and taken up residence in. We are living in a world filled with signs of His love for us. And He Himself is the greatest sign; the lamb lifted up on the cross, pure Love that sacrificed Himself for you and me.

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