Monday, November 02, 2015

In the Hand of God

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. (Wisdom 3:1,5-6)

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:5)

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (John 6:40)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come. (Psalm 23:1-2,6)

In death, we are finally freed of our burdens.  There is nothing we want any longer.  On this All Souls Day, we remember those who have gone from this life…especially those who have passed this year.  Bill Downes.  Joseph DeCristofaro.  Helen Landi.  Carlos Otal.  Art De Los Santos.  They were tested in life daily through sickness of themselves and those they loved.  In health. God tried them and found them worthy.

We are surrounded by forces wanting us to want things.  Amazon.  eBay.  iTunes.  Advertisements flooding television and newspapers and magazines.  On the side of buses.  On the gas pump.  In the bathroom.

Experts estimate that we see 3,000 to 20,000 marketing and advertising messages per day. Those higher numbers include every time you pass by a label in a grocery store, all the ads in your mailbox whether you see them or not, the label on everything you wear.[i]   These test our strength for Psalm 23 every hour.  Do you have a strong life in piety, study and action to resist?

How else have you been tested lately?  With illness?  With unemployment?  With money problems?  With failed relationships?  With the death of a loved one?  As gold in the furnace, how is God purifying you? 


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