2 Corinthians 4:7-15, 18-20, Psalm 85:2-8, Matthew 12:46-50
2 Corinthians 4:7-15, 18-20
"---- Mine, today I ask you to give me a joyful heart and a cheerful disposition. This will be most pleasing to Me." I will Lord.
When Simeon prophesied as he held You in his arms at Your presentation in the temple, inspired by the Holy Spirit he said that You would be a sign of contradiction. St Paul confirms that this is so in the Christian life. Trials will come but we are not discouraged, we may not always understand why things happen but we do not despair. We may be persecuted on every side but we will never feel abandoned because You will remain with us. We may be thrown off our feet and may fall with a mighty crash however we will not be crushed. Our faith and our witness to You may bring us physical death but Your life is always at work in us.
Another thing to remember always is that all things work together for good (without qualification) for those who love You. You have the power to draw abundant grace from every situation in our lives - the good, the bad and the ugly. Once we understand this, we will offer You thanksgiving all the time as we glorify Your Name.
May I always recognize the good things You do for me and be glad. May I offer You thanksgiving and praise always. Grant me the grace to see how powerfully You are at work in my life and instead of complaining and whining at perceived injustices, may I always have a generous spirit, a cheerful disposition and a loving heart.
My Beloved, the mother of James and John was no different from mothers all over the world and in every age who desire that their children be recognized and given their due always. She knelt before You in humility and made her plea, yet we must realize that not all we ask for our children may be good for them, nor would it be in accordance with God's will. When we pray for those we love, we must first align our will with the will of the Father and then make our prayers of petition for our children.
What is most important is to live lives of loving service always in imitation of You.