Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

There are some people in this world who are just never satisfied with their lot in life.  No matter what you say or do for them they are never content.  Some people, it seems, are actually happy to go through life miserable.

In a sense the Hebrews mentioned in the first reading were that way.  After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, God was leading them to freedom and a Promised Land.  And still they found something to grumble about.  Much the same was true of the scribes and the Pharisees in the gospel.  After all Our Lord had said and done, they were still not satisfied.  They wanted something more and something different.

I talked yesterday about plans.  God calls us to accept his plan for our lives with faith and trust, and he wants us to do it not with grumbling, but with joy.  And this joy is the fruit of our faith and our trust in God’s power, wisdom and goodness.

Every day at Mass we place ourselves together with Our Lord in God’s hands.  And as we share Our Lord’s sacrificial death, we should have the same approach as he: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”.  If we can learn to abandon ourselves to God’s will, then God will give us the strength to fulfil it as he nourishes us with the Body and Blood of his Son.

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