Friday, October 17, 2014

For the Praise of His Glory

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

By Melanie Rigney

In Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. (Ephesians 1:11-12)

Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. (Psalms 33:12)

“Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)

Lord, how can You care for me so? I am in total awe of Your love.

They are gifts, those precious moments when you know you are doing exactly what the Lord desires. Maybe it comes when you’re snuggling with your toddlers before bedtime, or when you get compliments for a particularly soul-stirring homily, or when the face of the woman at the food pantry lights up because you remember her name.

And then there are the other moments. You know them too: When the kids are overtired and don’t fall asleep no matter how many times you read their favorite book, or someone in the congregation takes great umbrage at your homily and tells a well-connected friend who works for the diocese, or when you work like a dog on a volunteer project and everyone has “helpful” ideas on how it might be done better.

And in those moments, we listen. The kids can’t help being that tired. Your homily was the best it could be in that particular moment. Those other folks really do mean well with their ideas; it just doesn’t seem that way in the moment.

Even if we aren’t able to be that charitable to others or ourselves in moments of conflict, it’s always helpful to step back and remember even when we feel the most like failures, we are loved beyond all understanding by the Father. If you don’t believe that, believe you are loved more than many sparrows. That’s a start.

Write a thank you note to God today for His great love.

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