Tuesday 4th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Mark 5:21-43 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/020122.cfm
NEVER GIVE UP.
The more challenging life gets, the better we get, or do we? I had two operations in my second and fourth years of the seminary. Both occurred in January, and each left me with a three-month recovery. I attended no classes, read no books, wrote no essays, and took no notes. Pain and study don’t mix too well. It left me with 6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) to prepare for exams. I thought, “I’ll never make it.”
However, that wasn’t God’s plan. He put in my fellow students the desire to work with me. They were awesome. I couldn’t believe I could do it, but they inspired me and motivated me to overcome every obstacle and doubt I faced. I passed all the exams, both years, except Church History, and I missed it by two-point. Retook it and passed with flying colors.
Maybe you have something that seems impossible, like Jairus faced with his daughter and the woman with the hemorrhage could not defeat for 12 years. Faith for me takes the difficulty out of my hands and frees me up to let God do whatever He wishes, no strings attached. Our Fr. Founder, Blessed Antonio Rosmini, calls that virtue of trust “indifference.” This virtue leaves us wide open for God to have His way with us. Trust is unconditional faith in action. Where do you need to be indifferent to God so He can work His miracles?
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC