Wednesday, December 26

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “Saying, ‘All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ ” Matthew 28:18. Jesus shared this with His followers just before leaving. Why? Well, maybe so that when things went wrong they’d know that ultimately He’d be able to fix it. Knowing this they could put complete confidence in their Boss and move on from there. These words, this truth, should do the same thing for us. Scandals, unjust government mandates, vocations crisis, any of these and more. These and things similar aren’t what matters most. Oh, these things DO matter, don’t get me wrong. We don’t need to be Pollyanna or stick our heads in the sand. We need to see and deal with the realities around us as best we can given our personal circumstances. But as we deal with life and it’s issues we should keep in mind just Who it is that’s really in control regardless how out of control things may look. The proof that He is in control and that things do work out according to His plan in the long run, and its the long run that counts, can be found on billboards, in telephone books, with road maps, watching T.V. (believe it or not), and by listening to the radio. “How so?” you ask. I’m glad you asked. His Church still stands, His Truth is still preached, His people still minister to those in need, the Pope is still Catholic, and all of this in spite of a world run a muck. In fact, these things work so well, in part, BECAUSE the world is in the shape its in. If the world wasn’t out of control, and it has been since Adam and Eve left Eden, there would be no need for any of these things. And there would be no real proof that He was in control ultimately. There will be time enough, an eternity in eternity, for perfection in Heaven. But for now its enough to do our job, trusting that our Boss has all of the stings we think are loose tidily in hand.

Today … St. Zosimus. Probably a Greek of Jewish decent he became a priest and succeeded Innocent I as pope. Innocent had condemned Pelagius and Celestine as heretics. Zosimus heard their case again and cleared their names. The bishops of North Africa appealed to the Pope over this and a year later he reversed his decision. He aggravated the clergy of Gaul when he gave the see of Arles primacy over the other area sees. And just before he died he was about to excommunicate a group who were plotting against him. I read all of this and the first thing that came to my mind was, “What made THIS guy a saint?!” It sounds like he was involved in stirring up stuff, one thing after another. And then it dawns on me. I wasn’t there, I don’t know the circumstances. But Zosimus was pope. So, ultimately, Who was in control during all of this? Ohh. Now I know what, Who, made him a saint.

And so … Surely it is not true blessedness to be free from sorrow
while there is sorrow and sin in the worlds; sorrow is then
a part of love, and love does not seek to throw it off. ~ George Eliot ~

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