Who gets in our way the most? … Sunday, February 3

Christ the Saviour (Pantokrator), a 6th-centur...

Christ the Savior (Pantokrator), a 6th-century encaustic icon from Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai. NB – slightly cut down – for full size see here (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s Gospel reading, Luke 4:21-30, once again we see Jesus rejected by those who should’ve been the first to accept Him, His own people, the Jews, who had waited for Him for centuries. But He wasn’t what they expected.

Expectations. One word that can be either a blessing, if we look with hope for God’s will and not our own, or a curse, if we’re so caught up in what we think things ought to be that we miss them when they come. It’s a good way to miss miracles, a good way to suffer with one disappointment after another, a good way to acquire an attitude of gloom, and a good way to sow seeds of doubt that can lead us to anyplace and everyplace but God.

The difference between the blessing of right expectation and the curse of wrong expectation is simple. So is the cure. “Self” is the problem and all I need to do in order to have the one and not the other, all I need to do to have right expectations and the joys that go with them, is to get self out-of-the-way. It’s the simplest thing in the world. No complicated formulas, just a simple “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Simplest thing in the world. Also the hardest. Happily, with God all things are possible.

Now my “self”, for better or worse, will always be with me. So, whats to do? Again, simplicity. But work, time-consuming work. The answer? Pray (Thought: Do you realize that the Rosary, our greatest prayer after Holy Mass, isn’t limited to ANY number of Mysteries? You can, for example, consider with each decade, one of the parables Jesus told and what YOUR part in it is.) and trust (“Trust”, aka “faith”, without which it is impossible to please God. Faith, or trust in God, is also something you can ask for in prayer.) and the Sacraments (Our God-given access to the Grace provided us by Jesus.). And after that? More of the same, daily until the Christ that came the first time and was rejected by His own comes the second time, at the end of the world or at the end of my life, and finds me in accepting expectation of Him.

There is another thing that we can each add to the prayer and trust and frequent participation in the Sacraments. (Consider: “Frequent” participation. Whats the downside of weekly confession? Getting to Mass, oh, maybe forty minutes early once a week? And the downside to spending those extra few minutes with Jesus is what?) That other thing is help. Being there for each other. Support. Prayer support being primary. Because if I try to help you that’s fine and all but do I really know what’s needed? Maybe and maybe not. If I’m there for you and pray that His will be done in your life does He know what you need? Of course. So even in being supportive, even in the offering of help, we each need to get our self out-of-the-way.

The short version of all this? The more time I spend trusting Him, talking with Him, and partaking of the Sacraments, the more of Him I’ll experience. The more of Him I experience the more of Jesus I’ll see. The more I see of Jesus, the more time I give to Him, the less time I’ll have to dote on “self”. Its called being “Christ centered” instead of “self-centered”.

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4 Comments

  1. Amen. Self-centered or God-centered? The key question for us in a world which endlessly promotes “self.”

    • Yes, its the “me” generation isn’t it? The results are obvious every day at 6, film at 11. We’ll pray that people see its really all about Him, not “me”. Blessings. 🙂

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    • Yes and amen. God bless you. 🙂


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