Today’s Thoughts: There is a short little saying that I often refer to – “Let go and let God.” For the longest time, I thought of this saying as flimsy, something you say when you can’t think of anything else to say. If you don’t know the answer, if you can’t explain something in human terms, if you can’t fix the problem – well then, just let go and let God!
However, as I have lived my life I am finding this short little phrase to be most helpful. Life throws a lot of unfixable problems at us. Life presents us with countless unexplainable situations. Life is rarely controllable and often beyond our expertise. Sometimes in the living of life all we can do is let go and let God!
I believe that is what Jesus is getting at in our Gospel today (Matthew 11:25-30). A Passionist brother of mine often uses the phrase, “It is tough being the smartest person in the room.” He uses it many time after a meeting when he has had a number of people sitting around the table who think they are the smartest person in the room. Jesus tells us in the Gospel today that things are often hidden from the wise and learned. In other words, we can know a lot but that wisdom or knowledge sometimes is no match to the struggles, burdens, yokes of life. Often when confronting the realities of life that no one has an answer for that no one can fix our best chance, our only option is to let go and let God!
We might think we know the answer, we might want to fix the problem but in the end turning it over to God is the best option. It is not an easy one because most of the time we want to be the smartest person in the room. We want to fix the problem. However, today Jesus invites us to bring our burdens, our yokes, no matter how heavy to him, the Father and the Spirit and we together will carry them. Perhaps not always to the outcome that we would most like, but we together will carry them! In other words. “Let go and Let God!”
Have a blessed Sunday and don’t forget to give God a little time today!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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