8 Sep 2019
Who can divine the will of God
Have you ever had the feeling that nothing ever makes sense? If our God is a loving god, why do we have to go through some of the challenges, headaches and heartaches that we do? Why is there so much suffering in this world amidst so much beauty?
The first reading today helps to shed some light onto these ever perplexing questions. First of all, we must understand that God’s wisdom and will are not easily knowable by humans. Our minds cannot conceive the intricacies and complexities of God’s grand schemes. How does one start to understand a God that is deeper than the vast oceans, taller than the highest mountains and more infinite than the universe? Because of our fallen human nature and perishable bodies, we cannot comprehend the wisdom of God and His ways unless they are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. In order for us to hear the Holy Spirit, we must be in tune, in communion with our God by striving to be holy (going to confessions, prayerful, trusting in God and wanting to do His will).
It is a societal belief that in order to be in control and/or self sufficient, we need to acquire knowledge. However, God is divine and we cannot know Him completely in our time on earth. We cannot even acquire and master half the knowledge within this world. Why would we think that we can understand our God without His divine help? Why wouldn’t we trust in His plans instead?
We teach our children and tell ourselves that we have to be independent and self reliant — “Heaven helps those who help themselves.” We take pride in all our achievements and successes. Of course, we should celebrate those accomplishments, but we must never forget that the credit does not belong to us alone. Everything we have, every good that we do, every accomplishment we achieve are all graces from God. As Bishop Barron said, (paraphrasing here) our accomplishment came from collaborating with God. Therefore, we can’t take credit for everything. In fact, we would be wise to rely on the Grace of God and trust in His plans. That doesn’t mean we don’t have to do our part; it just means that we rely on His guidance and wisdom and trust that He knows what is best for us. Sometimes, it may be a short stroll and sometimes it may be a long walk; whatever the case, you can rely on our Lord to be walking beside us all the way.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to realize all that we are, all that we have are Graces given to us.
Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, we thank you for guiding us and for always being by our side.