Have no anxiety at all – Impossible! These words are found in the second reading, but as human beings, we have to hear these words with skepticism. But before we dismiss these words, what did Paul say that we need to do? What is the opportunity to be at peace?
In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Paul places before us the need to pray or petition. We simply need to let God know what we are facing and why it is difficult. However, what is the attitude from which we are to pray and petition? Paul says – “with thanksgiving.” Therein lies a great challenge. When I think of the moments that make me anxious, I am not filled with gratitude. I rather think that I am ready to scream. I am more apt to cry, whine, complain, or get angry with God. Anxiousness is far from a moment of thanksgiving.
Yet, if I believe that God will answer my prayer, am I not more apt to be grateful for what I believe God will do? The blessing of God is to calm my anxiousness, give me strength to carry the burden and provide me with answers that will become known to me. The attitude needed in anxiousness is the willingness to believe that God will help me. I would then pray with confidence. God who hears my prayer will bring me peace. In the words of Paul, “then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
With thanksgiving – is this how we pray? If not, perhaps we might need an attitude adjustment. What do we believe is possible with God? Like Paul says, are we able to “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you”?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
Pray for our Faith Formation students, Catholic School students and those desiring to join the Catholic Church. Your support will assist them on the journey of faith this year!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – our goal is $99,193. Initial progress is at $6,633. Every member is needed to offer a contribution on the road to meeting our goal. Having received your pledge card, please prayerfully consider what you are willing to support, fill out your pledge card and return it. If we can meet our goal by April 1, our rebate will be increased; these monies help us to do extra maintenance projects within the parish. Thank you in advance for your willingness to support this important work!
During the weekend of October 10-11, slips will be available to write an intention that you wish to be prayed during the pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. The intentions will be carried to the Masses and then placed in the Grotto of Lourdes. Please stop by the available table to write your intentions.
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!