Wednesday, the 28th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Luke
Readings for today’s Mass
Paul is having such a day as he writes todays letter to Timothy. He sounds pretty bummed and is probably very lonely. Things just aren't working out so he is complaining about it. Enamored by worldly things, all but one of his travelling companions have "deserted" him so he needs backup support. When he was in Troas, he forgot his coat and some of his books that now he needs. He was terrible wronged by Alexander the coppersmith who did him great of harm. And at his trial, "No one appeared on my behalf, everyone deserted me." Waaahh!
Some believe that God causes us to have days like this to test us. Probably not. i think we all have bad hair days now and then, part of the human condition. While i doubt God causes things to happen to us, the challenge is still the same. It's how we respond to challenge that says something about or character, about who we are as people of faith. The shining example of faithfulness in the face of challenge will always be that found in the Old Testament epic of Job. Would that we all had the fortitude of Job to endure.
How do you handle adversity? Do you blame God or other people when stuff happens? Or do you learn from it and ask God's help in moving past the challenges that life sometimes brings? Think about it. This last is really the better option.