Recently, I had two important encounters.
The first was a man wearing a cap that proclaimed “World War II Veteran.” We happened to reach a doorway together. I thanked him for his service. He eyes watered, he blinked, and said with anger and sadness: “Our nation is lost. America is no more. Our descendants will never know the blessings of freedom.”
I said. “Surely, God will come to help us.”
He replied, “I don’t believe in God.”
The second encounter was with a woman in a store. She saw my rather obvious cross and chain and said to me: “The world is filled with evil. The end times are here. Jesus is coming soon.”
There was a bit of fear and desperation in her voice. Maybe she sees little of God’s presence and goodness in everyday life.
At one time or another, each of us may fear the future or wish that the Lord would hurry down to fix everything. God is with us now. God deserves our unconditional trust.
- St. Paul gives a key to making sense of all that befalls us—the struggles of daily living, addiction, the pain of a broken family and the worry and fear we may experience in these troubled times (see Col 1:24-28).
- Paul speaks of the “mystery of Christ in you.” What is that mystery and what does this mean—“the mystery of Christ in you?”
To grow in understanding of this mystery, you have to be open to complete and ongoing conversion. You have to realize that “it isn’t you” alone called to save the world. We are called together as the Body of Christ. We live in him and he in us.
Two sisters, Martha and Mary, speak to us in their actions (Lk 10:38-42).
- We need to become a blend of both Martha and Mary: We must bring together the labor and holy hospitality of Martha and the contemplative love of Mary.
The Church teaches us that everything good that we do in life can and should be offered to God. As a Christian, you are a partner with God as he builds a just and peaceful world. With the Lord Jesus, you feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort those who mourn. You, and all of us together, strive to “make everyone complete in Christ.”
- Our work can and should be a joyful sacrifice of praise. Our down time should be lived in peaceful gratitude for life itself.
- We must consciously make every moment of life a prayer to God—and put our complete trust in him.
If we do so, we will have a deeper faith, more courage and greater vision.
Alone, I cannot change the world. But all of us together, with God in us and for us, we can and will bring change to our nation and our world.
We must be “complete in Christ.” Our trust is in the Lord, our God.