Eternal God, prayer
is your gift to me. I believe that you give me complete and unlimited access to your power and
mercy. I want to value this gift of prayer above all things. As I begin this meditation, I renew my
faith, my hope and my love for you.
Lord, give me discernment and
constancy in my efforts to follow you.
1. Endless Excuses:
Some very good and religious people in
Jesus’ day complained about John the Baptist, precursor of the Messiah, because of his austere
lifestyle. “He must be crazy,” they said. They also complained about Jesus’ apparently excessive
liberality with sinners and nonbelievers. The habit of constantly sifting reality through our own
preconceptions can lead us to reject the things of God. This is the opposite of faith. It is even
the opposite of the healthy exercise of reason and has become a limiting rationalism. Rather than
seeking to place God neatly in our own self-created and prearranged world, we need to let ourselves
be shaped by God’s criteria.
Spiritual fickleness inevitable leads
us to reject God. The inability to follow through on a particular spiritual path necessarily leaves
us midcourse, far from the goal. It does not matter whether we follow the austerity of the disciple
John or the apparently liberality of the disciples of Jesus. What matters is that we follow through
to completion whatever particular path God has given us. As long as we move, God can guide our
steps. If we don’t move, there is nothing to guide. Waiting around for some mythical “perfect
conditions” is in reality capriciousness and unwillingness to commit.
is a gift of the Holy Spirit by which we are able to see and comprehend the divine and human
realities from God’s perspective. Wisdom leads to equilibrium and balance in our judgments and
assessments. We prepare for this gift by our effort to make good decisions and live by them. The
supernatural gifts build upon the human virtues.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, I am
indebted to you for your teaching
and for your example. Help me to learn from your
life and your
example, and keep me from ever
dismissing them as irrelevant. Help me to be
constant in my
resolutions so that I will continue
to grow closer to you and serve you better.
I will avoid making excuses today.