GETTING TO KNOW MY FATHER.
It isn’t hard for me to appreciate what parents experience morning, noon, and night. It’s one thing after another. There isn’t a moment’s rest. “Mommy” calls one child while she is changing a diaper. I experience the same thing without the diapers. I can walk into the office after a call, and there are notes, phone calls, and a couple of people with questions. My head is sometimes spinning. I finally get to my emails in the afternoon. Like Mom and Dad, I need a couple of moments to gather myself, even say a quick Hail Mary – “Mother Mary, lead me and guide me.”
We have seen how Jesus, over the past week, has tried many times to let people know and love His Father. “Look at Me. See how I am with sinners, merciful. See how I am with my opponents, always ready to help them understand. Look how I am with the sick and handicapped. I heal them. These are the works of My Father in me.” But unfortunately, that didn’t work. Nothing seems to work for Jesus. Prejuidice is a hoorible sin. Like President Reagan, “Bring down that wall.”
Jesus needs a breather. He needs time to prepare for His Passion and Death. He will suffer for all sinners, including these opponents who refuse to believe, praying before His last breath on the Cross, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”
Do you reach those moments when you try, and nothing works? When life gets so unbearable and you need a break, don’t just get away and rest for a few moments. Instead, rest a moment with Jesus and your Father. Pour it all out to Them. Let Them into your heart and bear your burdens. “O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything.” He will, but this time, with you. It beats tackling life alone.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC