Prayer. Faith. Trust.

Homily for Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

Yesterday, I preached about how the Lord can make up for our limitations, how He can pour out His grace into our lives so that He can supplement our insufficiencies. After Mass yesterday, a couple of you asked me how we can prevent ourselves from taking back control of those things after we give them over to the Lord. I said: “Well, when you find out, let me know, because I also struggle with that.” I think that’s a temptation for most of us, though.

In the midst of not knowing what to do or not being able to adequately respond to a situation, we can have a moment of clarity when we are able to recognize that we can’t do it on our own and can give things over to the Lord. But other times, other external things can shift our focus. When additional things begin to happen, we can become fearful or anxiety can enter into our hearts and our gaze can be shifted away from the Lord. Just like Peter in today’s Gospel, whenever we no longer keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we begin to sink.

So, what’s the solution? Prayer. Faith. Trust. We have to be in constant relationship with the Lord and that only happens through prayer; we need to keep our faith rooted in Him; and, we need to have a deep trust in Jesus, to be grounded in the fact that He is going to be there for us when we need Him the most. That’s the only way we can remain focused on Him. That is the only way that we can continue to rely on the Lord, even when it seems like everything around us is falling apart.

Today, as we approach the sanctuary to receive Jesus who will be made present in the Eucharist in just a few moments, let’s ask for the grace to keep our eyes fixed on Him. Let’s ask the Lord for the strength and the courage to not want to take back control of the things that we have given over to Him. May our relationship with Him be so strong that we have faith and trust that He will always provide for us – He has in the past and He will continue to in the future. Let’s put our faith in Him and not in ourselves.  

Published by Fr. Tom Pringle

Priest of the Diocese of Orlando. Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando.

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