Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This Blessed Life: Called to a Purpose
This verse stuck out to me from the first reading today from the book of the prophet Isaiah. I have been listening to an online retreat through a wonderful priest on Facebook I highly recommend. Fr. Scott Brossart. The retreat can be watched one video at a time when you are able. I am on video 9 of 21 videos. It includes prayers from the liturgy of the hours, adoration hours and masses, and lots of talks. The theme is “Tent of the Meeting” and is an in-depth journey through Union with God in prayer. Yesterday in the video I watched he repeatedly quoted the beginning of the catechism in the prologue where it starts by answering the question of the goal of man’s life in this beautiful text “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man.” (CCC 1). Isn’t that so beautifully stated? It conjures up so many emotions for me. Awe- that One so great, thought I was worth creating, Thanksgiving- that He continues to draw close to me now, and forever. Joy- that there is so much more to this “blessed” life than we can see or imagine. My husband, daughter and I also watched a talk this weekend that talked about the life we are called to, and the speaker’s call to action was, what is keeping you from living this “blessed life” you are called to? What’s stopping you? Sometimes for me it’s things like fear of failure, focusing on my weaknesses instead of God’s strength, or simply, mindless activity (I.e. scrolling 😑) But God has a very specific plan for your life. Later in this scripture passage in Isaiah, God says “You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory.” Find out how God intends you show His glory through you. Because you were created in such a way, that no one since the beginning of time or in the future, will ever be able to show His glory the way you do. 

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