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Saturday, 17 December 2011 16:50

Dec.18, 2011—Sunday Meditation (Trust or Catastrophe?)

 

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By Bro Bobot Apit

 

“You can’t trust anybody these days, can you?” More and more people are announcing that we can’t really put our trust in anybody. Everyone is under suspicion these days. Well, that’s what people may be saying, but the truth is we do trust a lot of people, some, even with our lives.

A TV program preceding the 1988 Winter Olympics featured blind skiers being trained. Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the real slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, “Left!” and “Right!” As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skiers’ word. It was either complete trust or catastrophe.

Complete trust or catastrophe? What would it be? Where in our life is God asking for trust?

GOD LOVES YOU. LEARN TO TRUST GOD.

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

L uke 1:26-38  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, (27) to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. (28) And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" (29) But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. (30) And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. (32) He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, (33) and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." (34) And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" (35) And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. (36) And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. (37) For with God nothing will be impossible." (38) And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. 

 

Meditation by Fr Celestino Say (Texas, USA

 

“You can’t trust anybody these days, can you?” More and more people are announcing that we can’t really put our trust in anybody. Everyone is under suspicion these days. Well, that’s what people may be saying, but the truth is we do trust a lot of people, some, even with our lives.

 

We trust the surgeon, the pilot, the cab driver, the elevator repair man, the cook, and so on. The list would be very long if we had to put down on paper all the people we ever trusted in our lives.  When two people get married, it is a great act of trust in each other.  They trust that their life together will be worked out based on the love they have for each other.

 

And so with God, we trust that our life will be worked out based on the love God has for us and the trusting love we have for God. Why at times do we find it so easy to trust people, but so difficult to trust in God?

 

Here we are on the last Sunday before Christmas.  Perhaps we are still thinking about what we can do for our families and friends to make this a happy Christmas.  Maybe we are asking ourselves how we can lessen the tensions that arise when some members of the family always seem to get out of hand during the holiday season.  Or maybe we’re worried that our children will be disappointed with the gifts we have bought for them.  Or perhaps we haven’t really prepared our hearts to adequately celebrate this feast.

 

Well, in the midst of all of our worries we hear the angel speaking these words to Mary: … "nothing is impossible to God".

 

All of our scripture readings today emphasize God’s work, not ours. In the first reading the Lord declares to David: “Are you the man to build me a house to dwell in?… the Lord will make you a house”.

 

And St. Paul says, “Glory to him who is able to give you the strength to live according to the good news I preach”. There are times in our lives when we are not asked to do anything for God, but rather accept what God can do for us.  As Mary says, “I am the handmaid of the Lord.  Let what your have said be done to me”.  Mary made a choice to trust in God in her impossible situation.

 

So much of our lives consist not in what we do, but in how we react to what happens to us. Isn’t it amazing when you look at the lives of a family with several children?  Each child had the same parents, grew up in the same home, went to the same schools, and yet when you look at each of them individually, they are so different.

 

O ne may be the kindest person you have ever met, while another may be someone you would not want to meet in a dark alley.  One may be self-giving, while the other may be someone you won’t dare turn your back for fear they would rob you blind.

 

There are a lot of theories about why people who had the same background are different from one another, but what shapes us consists not only in what happens to us, but rather how we respond to what happens to us?  We can choose to respond with suspicion or with trust.

 

On the journey of life, we are asked to trust that God is really God, and that no matter what happens, God knows what is going on and will always be there as a rock of safety for us.

 

God has given each of us our lives.  We are all on a journey.  We are asked to put our trust in the one who carries us along day by day. We believe and trust that no matter what happens to us, God is still in control.  We don’t have to spend all of our time worrying about what can go wrong.  Of course this calls for a deep faith in God’s love.

 

A TV program preceding the 1988 Winter Olympics featured blind skiers being trained.  Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the real slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, “Left!” and “Right!” As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skiers’ word.  It was either complete trust or catastrophe.

 

Complete trust or catastrophe? What would it be? Where in our life is God asking for trust?  Because Mary trusted in the God of the impossible, Jesus was born into our world. Incredible as it may sound, God depended upon Mary.  God needed a home for Jesus. God still needs a home for Jesus.  Can we be that home? 

 

God loves you! # # #

 

GOD BLESS US ALL!

O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU. – Bobot Apit

 

For past gospel meditations or to browse spiritual readings, you may visit the following:

 

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=216458741502#!/home.php?sk=mynotes

 

http://his-ways-better-than-our-ways.blogspot.com

 

http://www.webprayze.com

 

 



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