Saturday, July 2, 2011

Letting God be God (A Brief Reflection on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Matt. 11:25-30)

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones”.

Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reminded me of a poem I once read:

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things.

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for wealth, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for—but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all people, most richly blessed.

The ways of the Almighty are truly different from ours.

That does not mean that they are completely inscrutable,
or that we should simply raise our hands in surrender
and refuse to use our minds to probe and unlock
the great mysteries of life He himself
has set before us.

What it does mean, however, is that we must take to heart two things.

First, we must learn to put our entire trust and confidence in a God
who will never abandon us, especially at those moments
when the perplexities of human existence
threaten to overwhelm our feeble nature.

Second, we must understand and acknowledge
that no matter how great and awesome
our achievements in life might be,
God is God, we are His creation;
and our lives are held safely in His hands.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)