Taking a Plunge

The Exorcist, Season 1, Episode 1

Fr. Tomas:  I am looking for some answers.Blind Man:  Do you have the right questions?

Fr. Thomas:  What is the right question?

Blind Man:  What now God?  Give me a purpose!  Point me in the right direction.   Make me your divine instrument.  Once you start asking Him that…

Psalm 139 pictures a God who knows everything about us.   Psalm 139 is about those pieces of life where everything feels just right.  But the Psalm is really about those parts of life that have all of the trappings of hell.

Yesterday, the Washington Post revealed “the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, under pressure from victims, posted on its website the names of eight priests who had been laicized — “dispensed from the clerical state” by the Vatican — for sexually abusing children. Among the names on the list was the Rev. James Lara, also known as Jaime Lara, who served in active ministry for 19 years, from 1973 to 1992.”

Psalm 139 asks us to believe God was “behind me and before” when men and women posing as servants of God performed the works of the devil.    Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he is thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”

If you are like me, you have experienced the works of a Judas.  Jesus says to us: “Be on your guard.”  Leave the judgment to God. 

If you are seeking direction, invite God into the section of your heart labeled unforgiveness.

Forgiveness is always an impossible feat.   Instead of viewing our Judas’ moments as our private harbor of bitterness, do some fishing this morning.   Jesus asks us  to throw the anchor on the  one memory holding you back.

If your life seems to be on hold,  Jesus asks us to leave the judgment to God and take a plunge into the deepness of our heart.

Dear St. Anthony, we are all pilgrims. We came from Godand we are going to Him. He who created us will welcome us at journey’s end. The Lord Jesus is preparing a place for all His brothers and sisters. St. Anthony, Guide of Pilgrims, direct my steps in the straight path. Protect me until I am safely home in heaven. Help me in all my needs and difficulties. (Name them.)

Author: gbradepp

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