Spend Time in Prayer

Dear Friends,

We are just about at the midpoint of July and our Scripture readings this weekend are powerful indeed, from many different angles. Saint Paul testifies, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God…”

These words struck me in light of all we have been experiencing due to the pandemic. The uncertainties and worry, thinking of those who have contracted the virus and those who have died with it, the restrictions and the concern about the virus’ spread. The heroism of our healthcare professionals, essential workers, first responders, police, firefighters and all who stand on the front lines helping and caring.

One can get a little overwhelmed these days, but Paul puts it back into perspective. Life in this world and everything in this world is temporary, not eternal. This life is preparation for everlasting life. And God is with us, yesterday, today and forever! All praise and glory to Him, forever and ever!

Our first reading is a favorite of mine ~ just two verses from Isaiah. “Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”

This offers foundation to Saint Paul’s testimony. God is in charge because when He speaks, His Word accomplishes His purposes. Are we listening to God? Are we spending time with Him in quiet, in silence and solitude? Are we open to what God wants to tell us, show us, share with us? Are we surrendering our will, our desires, our plans to God’s Will, His desires, His plans?

After all, my life is not about me but it’s about God’s plan for me. Am I cooperating with Him day by day? Are we preparing our souls, making the effort, to be good soil, so that God’s Word can bring forth a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold bounty of fruitfulness? In our Gospel, Jesus tells us, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

God bless you, God love you, and I love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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