September 27, 2022
by Carol Zuegner
Creighton University's Computer Science, Design and Journalism Department
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Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
Lectionary: 456

Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
Psalm 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8
Luke 9:51-56

Praying Ordinary Time

About St.Vincent de Paul from Saint of the Day

What If I Have Trouble Getting Better?

You know that feeling. Some days, you might wonder why you even got out of bed. Nothing is going right. The world seems stacked against you. Even your prayer is dry and seems to fall on deaf ears. That seems to be what Job is feeling in today’s first reading. I don’t want anyone to feel that way, but, in a way, I am glad I am not the only one. I am encouraged by what I read in today’s Gospel. Maybe what I have to do is to do what Jesus instructed the apostles to do. The apostles wanted to lash out against those who would not welcome them. Jesus rebuked them and instead, they took a different path to avoid those who would not welcome them.

Instead of being overwhelmed, maybe we need to take a different path. This is not to say we don’t face real problems. Difficult, if not impossible choices. Life events and people that wear us down. Sometimes we need professional help. We can still ask God to help. He is there. He is with us and loves us when we are overwhelmed and when we are feeling good.

Let me take a deep breath and breathe in gratitude instead of resentment. Can I try a different prayer? Can I center myself and listen for God?

Today also is the memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, known for his compassion, humility and generosity. The society founded in his name seeks to continue St. Vincent de Paul’s work of relationship and service to those in need. I can see some of that work in my own community with thrift stores and other services. My prayer today is to listen for God. And to ask God and St. Vincent de Paul to help me find a way to live out that work of relationship and service to those in need.

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