I am continuously amazed by the beauty of scripture. No matter how many times I hear a particular passage or verse, or how well I think I know it, I can hear the same words again and they will strike me in a new way. I’d like to think that God does this to keep me paying attention and to help me realize that scripture is definitely not just the “same ol’, same ol’”. We can continue the annual rotation through weekly readings and Gospels because of this; the scriptures are continually relevant, no matter the day or age.
This week, the responsorial psalm was my inspiration.
The priest opened by talking about patience and how little we seem to have of it. It’s something that we all both consistently work at and consistently fail at. As it’s so often and so negatively stated, this “now” generation has a reputation of practically nonexistent patience when the internet allows for instant access to so much information. Patience is a hard virtue to master, and I think we are quick to forget that virtues and other good things come with grace, and grace comes with faith and prayer.
The priest also talked about how none of the good things in our lives are the work of just one person. Our accomplishments and our relationships are all the product of more than just ourselves. We need help to build these things.
So, where does our help come from?
What happens when we turn away from God and try to handle things all on our own? It seems that’s the time when we realize we can’t do it all by ourselves (like I talked about here) and that maybe we do need help from someone bigger…
The bad news is, no matter how independent I like to be and how hard it can be for me to ask for help, I’m not big enough to do it all on my own. The good news is, I have the ultimate help on my side, and all I have to do is ask. Pretty cool, huh?
I have been humbled in learning that it’s much easier to get help when you actually ask for it… So, where does your help come from? I want to live in such a way that if someone were to ask me, I could be bold, honest, and empowered when I say that my help comes from the “maker of heaven and earth”.