20161113 - Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Nov 8, 2016, 8:35 AM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 10:12 PM ]

Gospel of Luke 21:5-19

Sheila’s Reflection

How does one prepare for a tragedy?

How does one prepare for negative, difficult or life altering changes?

How does one prepare for the trials and tribulations of life?

Dealing with strife and phonies is not exactly a subject you learn in school and can be morbid and depressing. There should be a required class in school so deal with many of life's curveballs thrown your way. Unfortunately , there isn't. Ostensibly, we would avoid adversity or strive if we could. Unfortunately, it is part of life and we can't.

So the best thing to do is be present in the situation, walk one step at a time with friends and family and weather the storm. This is a blessing in experiencing different facets of life. And when we experience a difficult the journey it is how we come to learn about ourselves and grow closer to family. Challenging life situations enables us to flex and strengthen mental, emotional and spiritual muscle. This isn't called preparing. This is called living. When we live actively in our faith, our personal relationships with others and with Jesus grows and thrives. This is called living in faith.

Living and practicing your faith enables us to live each day in right mind and judgment. When you live in a mindset that brings prayer and meditation you are literally growing personal relationship with Jesus.

When you have personal relationship with Jesus, you're able to cope and deal with the curveballs that life throws your way. In this gospel, Luke tells us we cannot be prepared for Jesus to comes nor do we need to be worried.

“But not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

I believe it's because when we have a personal relationship, living wIth Him daily, trusting in Him always, that we will know what to do when He arrives. It's like welcoming home a best friend after years of being apart- No prep needed when you reunite. You feel safe and secure - just hugs and pick up where you left off.

Walking the journey with Jesus And cultivating the bond is how we will know both what God had prepared for us and to not be fooled, tricked or deceived by others.