The Lord reveals how the people complained about him and John the Baptist. Their “glass is half empty” thinking demonstrates the tremendous influence we have in shaping and determining our attitude…especially in difficult moments in our lives.
Ezekiel and Jesus point out the power of our actions in the spiritual life, and Paul reminds us that our actions are shaped when we take on the attitude of Jesus Christ. It’s practical advice that illustrates our ongoing need to focus on the Lord as we put our faith into practice.
Jesus says “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” This command to love one another as God loves us will challenge our attitudes, actions and prayer as we strive to follow the Lord’s example of love.
Both Amos and the Apostles are chosen by God and empowered to do amazing things. The tasks set before them are difficult and challenging – obstacles that will test them. The Letter to Ephesians reminds us, however, that God chooses us as well! Here are three points to help us face the struggles of life:
Stay close to Jesus Christ
May the words of the Scriptures and the examples of the saints inspire us to engage the obstacles of life with God’s grace!
“Christian in a Changing World” is a 3 night Parish Mission that was offered February 22-24, 2015 at Cathedral of Christ the King. The presentations help us understand how we walk our spiritual journey through the ups and downs of life.
The third presentation discusses how we navigate change and challenge in the course of our lives. How do we face trials and struggles? How do we live – reacting to events, engaging them, or passively drifting along? Four words are used to guide this presentation:
When we bring these different aspects together, we find that we live the gift of our lives with joy – not that life will be easy – but that we are attuned to bring our best effort to the Lord, who in turn will touch our lives with the grace we need.