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God Promised to Handle All My Problems then This Happened | #1026

Fr. Joel Homilies 2 Comments

Easter, 3rd Sunday (A)

Our leaders don’t seem to have a handle on our public health crisis. We’ve lost our grip and we’re flying off the handle. The Good News is that you don’t need to have a handle on your problems — God’s got this!

God has always walked with us, from the Garden of Eden to the end of the age. God is walking with you right now. The struggles and sufferings you experience are not a sign that God doesn’t love you or doesn’t care. Rather, they are your participation in the Paschal Mystery.

Remember how we walked with Jesus from Holy Thursday through Good Friday and into Easter Sunday? That journey is called the Paschal Mystery. Now Jesus walks with you through your struggles and brokenness into the Resurrection and new life. In the words of Desireé: If we trust in the Lord, whether it’s COVID-19 or cancer, God’s going to hold all of it in his hands, and he wants to keep you safe and he loves you very much.

(26 Apr 2020)

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    I imagine that the uncertainty, fear and frustration around the pandemic, and the way it has upended our lives and parish communities, is causing many to ponder where God might be in all of this. It has caused me to reflect on this question too. I usually come back to the concept that God’s presence is a quiet one — and He is often drowned out by our noisy lives and our pretty loud world. He treads softly in our world, on silver feet, and we have a better chance of hearing Him in the stillness of prayer and silent reflection. And although there are biological, natural law realities in the world that God created, and we as humans continue to have the freedom to make choices that may negatively impact others around us, God’s quiet presence is a constant. It almost feels as though He’s saying to us, when we are at our lowest: “I’m still here. I haven’t left you. This is really hard, but know that I am here alongside you to share in your experience.”

    When the Church eventually emerges from this extended shut-down, the landscape is likely to look different. Pastoral outreach, the landscape of parish communities, participation in liturgy, the daily work and vocation of parish priests, will likely have evolved into something that isn’t identical to what it was before this pandemic. I think our challenge will be to detect the constant presence of God amidst the change.

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    Thank you Father for your beautiful homilies that tend to speak to what I am meant to hear in those moments. And thank you for sharing Desiree’s awesome witness to God.

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