A little over a week ago, as I sat down for Mass in the wooden pews of the Carmelite Convent in Sittard, I really wanted to take some time to prepare my heart to be completely open to whatever the Lord had for me. Lately, I’ve encountered a lot of challenges in living each aspect of my life for the Lord and it’s been a little disheartening. I took a moment of silence and just opened my hands. I took a deep breath and let it out. I opened my Magnificat® to the day’s readings and found such hope in the beautiful example of the apostles. They were thrown out of the temple and flogged for “speaking in the name of Jesus”, yet they persevered and went on their way, “rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name” (Acts 5:40-41).
Wow. Here I was sad and disheartened, while the apostles, on the other hand, rejoiced through their suffering. Now, this is not to say that I am never going to feel this way again, but it definitely puts some perspective on how to view living my faith fully. God doesn’t want us to be of this world or tied down by earthly things (John 3:31). Although there will always be people or situations to challenge and test my faith, the most important thing for me to remember is that God is always faithful and rejoice in the fact that He is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
Let us pray together for self-abandonment and the openness to follow the call to live each aspect of our lives for God.
For inspiration listen to “You Have Me” – Gungor.