Weekend Reflections for 12/12/14
It is the Lord's Work
St. Paul writes: "Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. ... May the God of peace make you perfectly holy ... and may you be preserved blameless for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will also accomplish it." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)
Paul encourages us to be grateful and prayerful. We are that when we are aware of God's generosity and blessings to us, when we take the time to simply remember how God has been active in our lives and in the lives of our families and loved ones. It hasn't been and is not always easy; there are always challenges, sometimes confusion and even pain. Yet the Lord never abandons us, never leaves us to face life alone. Paul reminds us that our holiness isn't our work but the Lord's. When we invite Him into our lives, we give Him permission to make us into the people He wants us to be. As we pray at the ordination of a deacon: May the Lord bring to completion the good work He has begun in you.