😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. There’s nothing like having a solid purpose to motivate you off the couch. Especially this time of year, as the days are getting shorter and colder, it’s easy to get comfortable, hunker down and go into hibernation mode. In speaking about our recent garage break in, my daughter Diana sent me a card in which she wrote, ‘I hope that despite all you’re feeling right now, you think of this as God saying “This was me showing you it’s time to move on.” It’s not what happened to you, but what happened for you.’ I kind of feel like God is telling me, “I guess if you aren’t going to listen to me, I’m going to have to talk a little louder.” Well, He got my attention and within two weeks of the break in, He has shown us very clearly what He had been trying to bless us with, but we kept ignoring Him. Have you done that, ignored God, when He was trying to bless you?
So many times in our lives when “life” happens to us we ask “Why?”. I think maybe we’re asking the wrong question. Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Gospel reading, Luke 1: 26-38, we hear the incredible message that the angel Gabriel delivers to Mary. “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Being that we know the end of the story, that’s a heavy burden to accept, but I really don’t think Mary fully knew what she was accepting. What caught my attention when hearing the Gospel this time was Mary’s response to Gabriel, “How can this be…”. Think about that. She was asked to take on a huge responsibility/role in the journey to salvation. That road was paved with joy, worry, pain, and loss, but did she ask “Why me Lord?”. Nope, she asked “How”. How will we do this together? That’s the question we should be asking, then follow this simple two step plan.
Bless others and be blessed.
#MattyMullins – Unstoppable featuring Jordan Feliz