A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
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Understanding What God Intends
September 4, 2016
While reading Scripture in preparation to write this week, I was drawn to the First Reading from the Old Testament for this Sunday that questions how we as humans can possibly know the intent of God - we who live in a “corruptible” body that burdens our soul and weighs down our mind with many concerns.
Somehow that description rang true. Our existence and life on this earth is lived in a shelter for our soul that in many ways does corrupt us with actions unbecoming a follower of Christ and our minds are often preoccupied with unproductive worry and concern. We sometimes fall into doubt when we endeavor to understand what God intends especially in regard to our lives. How many times have you asked yourself or wondered why a certain event or challenge has happened to you, a loved one, or a friend. Why is it that people deal with so many challenges in this life? Why does one person or family struggle with illness and suffering while others seem so blessed?
If you take time to look around at the people with whom you share life, I believe you will see for yourself the inability of humanity to escape trials and challenges in this life. We are in many ways, all in the same boat. We are not divine; we are human, we are not perfect; we are flawed. Loved deeply by God, but flawed, nonetheless. How are we, as mere mortals to understand our God and all that he intends for us in this life and beyond?
It is made known to us in this First Reading from the beautiful Book of Wisdom that says only because God has gifted humanity with wisdom in the form of the Holy Spirit can we hope to understand what God intends. In our baptism the Holy Spirit came to dwell within each of us. So do we have all the answers, all the knowledge we need to figure out for ourselves how to live free from impediment of mind and body? To be sure the answer is no, to think otherwise would be arrogant. However, we can strive, withthe help of the Holy Spirit and be gifted with the wisdom we need to be happy and less filled with concern when we remain in relationship with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To even hope to understand what God intends requires us to work to perfect our relationship with God on a daily basis. Only when God is priority one, can we hope to understand his intent. For when we are in union with God, we are graced with the gift of wisdom. Lord teach us that we might come to know you and love you. Place in our hearts a desire to draw ever closer to you, And grant us the gift of wisdom to know your intent.