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September 28th, 2013
Tin Nguyen
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[454] Zech 2:5-9, 14-15a; 
r 31:10, 11-12ab, 13
Luke 9:43b-45.

Today’s readings serve not only to convey humbling truths but also to inspire hope and provide meaning to our faith and our humanity. Humans are finite, limited in our knowledge and understanding of both earthly and ethereal existence. Note within the Gospel the astounding disparity between Jesus’ glorious power and knowledge and the confusion and impotence of the disciples--it is near incomprehensible. This reminds us that we are helpless without God, and as disciples, I urge you to not simply seek God’s help, but to make yourself aware of the life, the help, and the beauty He has bestowed upon us. God has, does, and always will provide us with guidance, security, truth, and Grace, and we must look to Him with utmost gratitude.

But understand this: though in comparison to God, we are weak, we are dignified reflections of His image, and our capabilities may very well lie beyond what we think we can achieve! Let us reflect upon the words of Marianne Williamson, a spiritual author and teacher who writes in her bestselling book, A Return to Love: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

When Jesus says to his disciples, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men,” he predicts his betrayal by Judas and his inevitable death. Humans have the capacity to do tear down magnificent constructs, be it social and abstract, material and corporeal, or even personal and emotional. Amongst ourselves we are powerful, but at the same time, we are flawed, we often fail each other, and we often hurt each other. But like Jesus’ disciples, when we make mistakes, we must not let such failures defeat us, and though we may not understand the meaning of his words fully, we must take them to heart and remember them for when time comes and we feel weakness enveloping us. Sure, we might falter into the darkness, but we can choose to walk in the light. We can choose to accept our gifts fully and be powerful beyond measure.

I urge you not view meaning in yourself and in God as a goal to be aspired; rather, view it as a result obtained from living in the now and recognizing the beauty presently within you and around you. Enjoy the process. Only then can you reflect and grasp what everything is all about.

Finally, drawing back to the first reading, we must recognize the “multitude of men” on this earth, their uniqueness, and their gifts. We are human beings all in the same, made in the image of God with inherent dignity, and God is the glory in our midst. We may not be united in political views. We may not be united in personal interests. We may not be united in socioeconomic status. We may even have different ways of communicating and relating to God at an intimate level. But we are all dignified, we are all beautiful, and we are all equal. If not united in other things, we are ultimately united in God.

See your own capabilities and let yourself be powerful today. God will be there to guide you.

And please, see the humanity in the person next to you.

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