Monday, October 10, 2016

Homily for 11 Oct 2016

11 Oct 2016

God made us to be workers; we’re just built that way.  For instance, look at our hands and arms and all the things we do with them: typing, cleaning, sewing, cutting lumber, grabbing, throwing, lifting, and so on.  And look at our legs and feet.  Even if we’re not athletes, we know the potential that God put into those muscles and bones for doing work.  And, of course, look at our brains.  Talk about a workhorse!

God made us to be workers, and to accomplish a lot by using our bodies and minds.  But there’s one thing we cannot accomplish by our own efforts; and that’s our salvation.  When I go visit people in the hospital, and they’re unable to take care of themselves, it’s a frustrating thing.  We want to be “the worker;” our ability to “do” and to contribute is so important to us.  So, when someone’s in the hospital and he or she has to rely on others, it’s understandably frustrating.

And it’s for the same reason that our faith can sometimes be frustrating.  As much as God created us to be workers—in body and mind, the most important “work” we do is to step aside and let God do what God does for us.  It’s a real work of faith to be able to say what Saint Paul says: Nothing of the work I do “counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”

God made us to be workers, in body, in mind . . . and in spirit.  And the most important work we do in spirit is to have real faith, real trust in the Lord.  It can be frustrating to “let go and let God.”  But that’s the ultimate work we’re made for—letting go of our self-reliance, and learning to rely on God. 

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