145:1, 9, 10-11, 12-13
The readings today made me reflect on a conversation I had recently
with a student who was feeling very anxious about an academic grade.
In our conversation, the student shared an insight from a family member who
suggested, "Be still." " Keep silence before me, O coastlands; you
peoples, wait for my words!" In my conversation with this student I
was strengthened by the student's determination to answer God's call and
to over come this academic obstacle in order to complete the medical degree.
"Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen
you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand." These words
are so powerful, they give strength and hope; and will be a powerful message
I will share, as I interact with students preparing for their final exam
The reading from Psalms makes me feel confident about this student's ability
to overcome the academic obstacle. "The Lord supports all who
are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look
hopefully to you; you give them their food in due season." God is with
us in our life's struggles AND with faith, determination and a decision on
our part, to use the gifts that have been given, life can be an exciting
challenge, full of opportunities to grow in our relationship with God and
with other people in our lives.
It is through these life challenges and through these opportunities that
we can enter into a richer relationship with God. In Matthew, Jesus
does not make everything "perfectly clear," rather He challenges people
by not giving all the details but allows people to 'figure it out' for themselves.
We need to experience the Lord in our own unique way and then develop our
own personal relationship with God based on what they (we) hear and see.
John the Baptist, as a spokesman for the Lord, was sent to prepare the way,
to help people know and understand the new messages from the Lord.
Many of us, like John the Baptist, are given opportunities to announce, and
reinforce the messages of Jesus our Lord and our God.
As a follower of Jesus, I am blessed to be able to live and share the messages
of God; to seek a deeper reliance on God. "Come to me, all who labor
and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and
learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest
for yourselves." I pray that I will be able to call upon my personal
relationship with God, and to use the gifts He has given me, to reinforce
the messages of the Lord. "To be still; Keep silence before
me, and to Trust," as the students prepare for their final exams.
May God continue to bless all of us with strength and courage to accept life's
challenges as opportunities to grow in our trusting relationship with our