Today’s Thoughts: Perhaps the most important line in all of our readings today comes from St. Paul Second Letter to Timothy. As the reading begins Paul tells Timothy, “stir into flame the gift of God that you have…” (2Tim. 1:6) This is the key to living a life of faith.
The Prophet Habakkuk expresses a frustration with God today in our first reading. Things are not going well for Israel and Habakkuk wants to know where God is. Haven’t we all been there? We find ourselves struggling in life. We encounter sadness, plain, difficulty, problems, issues, bad things happening to good people, to us and we wonder were God is. You might say Habakkuk is speaking out loud what we all think.
In the Gospel Jesus reminds the disciples once again that discipleship is difficult, that faith is difficult. This is not an easy journey that we are on. At times it can seem like a thankless journey.
So, we go back to Paul’s words, “stir into flame God’s gift.” This will keep us going. This will get us through the difficult times. This will help us to know that God is always with us even when it seems like he is not!
Sunday blessings to all.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
Just a few thoughts to help you on your journey through life...let me know from time to time what you think...