If you DO or DO NOT own a mule … Friday, January 25

Duccio di Buoninsegna - Agony in the Garden (d...

Agony in the Garden (detail) – WGA06791 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Conversion of St Paul

Conversion of St Paul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please Note: I write my posts one or two days in advance just in case. Yesterday I punched the wrong button and posted Saturdays meditation, so today is “Friday”. I’ll try to watch my p’s and q’s a little closer from now on, but for now, thank God its Friday. 😉

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will but thine be done.” Luke 22:42. One of the hardest things any of us will ever do is get self out-of-the-way on an ongoing basis. “Not my will but thine be done.” It’s not a thing to be done once and, with self-satisfaction, be set aside in triumph. There’s no development, no attaining of strength, in that. In this life its meant to be a lasting exercise, one leading to everlasting results. No violinist ever practiced once. We are creatures of habit and the more we do a thing the easier it gets, but it takes repetition. It’s what the old Pennsylvania Dutch call “stichk mit”, or “stick with”. In the spiritual life this needs to be a given. It’s not the falling down that matters nearly as much as the continually getting up. And falling is a positive when, like the example given us by Christ here, the falling is to our knees. It’s difficult for us to accept at times that anyone else could know better than we whats best for us. That thought is, with a bit more thought, easy enough to disprove. All we need to do is think back at the times we went our own way. Where did going our own way take us? Did we REALLY end up where we honestly wanted to be? Or was the whole thing, journey and all, a disappointment? God’s will, on the other hand, never disappoints. The journey may be hard, that’s true. It may lead us to a Calvary all our own. The result of a Calvary, and on a difficult journey this is a thing to be kept in mind, is the new beginning, the resurrection, at the end of the road.

Today … The Conversion of St. Paul. Paul was, as Saul, going his own way wasn’t he? The result was less than desirable, both for Paul and others. Very destructive. And during all of this he actually thought he was pleasing God. It wasn’t untill he hit his knees, and God had to knock him off his mule to get him there, that he saw the light. We can learn from Paul’s example. How do you want change to happen? We can go to our knees because we understand that’s where we need to be or we can get knocked off the mule. Personally I’d rather take the easy way. Personally, what does my history show? Bruised knees from having fallen off my ride. Take a tip. Just go ahead and climb down now, save the wear and tear on your knees. You needn’t take my word for it. You can ask Paul, or you can get in a little practice yourself and see how that works out for you.

Consider … An intelligent person learns from their own mistakes, a wise one from the mistakes of others. 😉

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