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Rejoicing in Suffering – Mediation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Rejoicing in Suffering – Mediation of the Studies in 1 Peter

This confidence is captured in the beautiful last verse of our quoted passage: “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.” William Barclay tells us that the word we translate “entrust” is a technical term for depositing money with a trusted friend: “In the ancient days there were no banks and few really safe places in which to deposit money. So, before a man went on a journey, he often left his money in the safe keeping of a friend. Such a trust was regarded as one of the most sacred things in life. The friend was absolutely bound by all honour and all religion to return the money intact.” (Barclay, James and Peter, p.261) Then he adds this truth: “If a man entrusts himself to God, God will not fail him. If such a trust is sacred to men, how much more is it sacred to God.”

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Suffering, Solidarity and Glory – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Suffering, Solidarity and Glory – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

This, too, is our mission, for we are all called to be Mary’s: to bear the one who has brought salvation and life to the world through his own suffering and death. We do this not only in the way that we bear our own crosses—in perseverance, supplication, faithfulness and hope—but also in the way that we willingly share in those of others and help them through solidarity and charity. CS Lewis has said that pain is God’s “megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” And we, as disciples of Christ, are called to turn the blaring, grating and indistinct din of pain into the healing balm of Christ’s sacrificial and saving love, through the same solidarity by which he has shown his love for us.

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Poverty and Glory – Meditation in the Studies of Gospel of Luke

Poverty and Glory – Meditation in the Studies of Gospel of Luke

It was into the hands of the simple, the poor, the despised and rejected that God entrusted not only the care of His most precious Son, but also the announcement of the extraordinary news of his birth, despite the fact that their testimony would not have been received (let alone believed) by many.

This is a reality that we all need to take on board, not only for our selves, but also for others. There is no one so simple, so despised that they are not to receive the extraordinary news of God’s love for them and his desire to bring them into a saving relationship with Himself…
Nor are there individuals who are so simple or whose lives are so obscure that they cannot be bearers of Christ in ways that powerfully impact not only the world around them, but also the world at large.

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A Driving Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

A Driving Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

Walk bravely and confidently into your sure future. But as you walk, live as if heaven is where you really want to end and as if being like Jesus is what you really want to become. That is, “Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure as he is pure.” The way is actually simple and is expressed eloquently in the simplest of ways in an old Gospel song.

I have but one supreme desire, that I may be like Jesus.
To this I earnestly aspire, that I may be like Jesus.
I want my heart his throne to be,
so that a watching world may see,
His likeness shining forth in me.
I want to be like Jesus.

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