Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"And now I go to him that sent me "(John 16:5)

God gave us a gift of free will therefore we can chose the ways to follow in our lives. However, are we sure the ways we choose lead us to God and eternal salvation? Are our ways similar to those chosen by Christ? He said: "I go to the Father" (John 16:16). Can we follow Christ in this modern world so faithless and full of distractions? It can be done by fulfilling our temporal and spiritual duties as diligently and faithfully as we can: "For thou shalt eat the labours of thy hands: blessed art thou, and it shall be well with thee" (Ps 128:2). We come closer to Christ by participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He always waits for us there, hidden in the Tabernaculum. We can tell Him all our troubles, problems and wants. He already invited us: "Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you" (Matt 11:28). Our Lord longs for these visits. We also follow Him by visiting the sick and lonely, remembering the words: "I was.. sick, and you visited me" (Matt 25:36). We come closer to God when we contemplate the perfect beauty of Creation, the beauty of the forest, the sea, the blue of the sky, the vastness of planes. In this way we acknowledge His omnipotence and omnipresence: "Who is ignorant that the hand of the Lord hath made all these things? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the spirit of all flesh of man"(Job 12:7-9). Meditating on the work of God's hands we lift ourselves up to the Creator, to the Heavenly Father who created all these wonders for us: "All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever" (Daniel 3:57). Let us follow the ways of Christ and we could say with Him: "I go to the Father" (John 16:16)