In our Reading from the New Testament this Sunday, St. Paul is writing to the people of Philippi in hopes of encouraging them and helping them to focus on what we know by faith to be good and what can bring us peace. The words shared are so appropriate for us in this current time of uncertainty during a world-wide pandemic, political, racial and social unrest and a deep need to be comforted. Hold these words in your heart this week:
Brothers and sisters,
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, what ever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4.6-9
Here St. Paul encourages people to petition God, to ask for what they need that they might be strengthened by their faith in Jesus Christ. So too, we must pray – pray boldly asking God to guide us in right decisions that we might live together with all people in peace and harmony. As the world around us seems to spin out of control, we as Christians rely on God to be with us, strengthening our resolve to do all we can to uphold the life and dignity of every person. And we do so with grateful hearts knowing that God is indeed with us. By faith we are assured of God’s plan for our lives, even when we do not understand the difficulties we are facing.
Let us put our trust totally in God and live as Jesus taught – loving God and one another. Surely God will see us through this time and from what we learn, new life will emerge.
Trusting in the Lord,
October 17, 2020
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