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“INEVITABLY GOD’S LOVE MEETS WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF ABUSE”

‘LATER ON, WHEN I’VE HAD MY FUN, I CAN DEPEND UPON GOD TO SAVE ME’

“What should be my parting word? … Obviously, our Lord Himself has already answered that question. ‘Love God,’ He tells us, ‘and love your neighbour as yourself.’

THE NEED FOR TRUST IN GOD

This is the grand, the total view. All theology flows from this, and all religious instruction and exhortation must converge on this.

However, if there is one small area of this over-all mandate which calls for emphasis and re-emphasis, it surely is the need for trust in God, for an unshakeable confidence in His care for us.

TRUST IS ONE OF THE FINEST TRIBUTES OF LOVE WHICH WE CAN OFFER GOD

Trust is one of the finest tributes of love which we can offer God. We know that there is no more touching evidence of a child’s love for his parents, than the absolute confidence with which he raises his eyes to mother or dad. Similarly there is no more expressive act of love which we can show God than figuratively to put our hand in His hand and say, ‘Lead me, God; I know that I am safe with You.’

‘LEAD ME, GOD; I KNOW THAT I AM SAFE WITH YOU’

God wants us with Himself in heaven. Oh how He wants us! Through all the years of our life He surrounds us with His grace, respecting our free will, yet all the while trying to steer us toward Himself. Even when we try to run from Him, His grace still pursues us.

HE NEVER GIVES UP

He never gives up. We sometimes, in oratorical excess, speak of God as having abandoned a sinner to his fate. What we mean by this figure of speech is only that it is possible for a sinner to erect an impenetrable shell of self-love between himself and God. As far as God is concerned, He never gives up as long as there is enough life left in the sinner to whisper, ‘I am sorry, God, I want to love You again.’

Inevitably God’s love meets with a certain amount of abuse. There always will be some who reason, ‘If God loves me so much, then I can do as I please. Later on, when I’ve had my fun, I can depend upon God to save me.’

‘LATER ON, WHEN I’VE HAD MY FUN, I CAN DEPEND UPON GOD TO SAVE ME’

This, as we know, is the sin of presumption. It is the act of beating God over the head with His own gift of love. It is a horribly dangerous attitude. Because, while God’s forgiving love is always at the ready, the presumptuous sinner easily becomes complacent in his sin and loses his capacity to turn back to God.

LOSING ONE’S CAPACITY TO TURN BACK TO GOD

However, for every person who is guilty of presumption there are a thousand of us who sincerely do wish to do God’s will. We try to keep His commandments and to show a decent concern for the needs of our neighbour.

At the same time we are acutely aware of our weakness and imperfection. In life’s hustle and bustle we so easily lose sight of eternal values.

IN LIFE’S HUSTLE AND BUSTLE WE SO EASILY LOSE SIGHT OF ETERNAL VALUES

We are ashamed that our prayers are so sketchy and so full of distractions; ashamed, too, that we so often are unrecollected at Mass. Sometimes the Consecration has passed and we hardly have adverted to the fact that Jesus has reached out to us for an expression of our love and fealty.

We have sworn to be more charitable, and still we have indulged in rash judgements and in harsh criticisms. We resolved to control our temper, yet see how we still flare up at times! We had an opportunity to do a kindness for someone and we let the opportunity pass. We were ‘too busy’, too involved in our own interest.

‘LEAD THOU ME ON!’

It is at such times that we must remind ourselves, ‘God loves me. He knows that I am trying. He also knows that I am weak. In spite of my failures, He will bring me safely through.’

And so, with Cardinal Newman we confess our need: ‘The night is dark and I am far from home’; then raise our eyes with childlike trust as we pray, ‘Lead Thou me on!'”
– Fr Leo J. Trese, 1966

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PRAYER TO HAVE CHRIST WITH US THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Lord Jesus, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, help me to cast out from my mind all thoughts of which You do not approve and from my heart all emotions which You do not encourage. Enable me to spend my entire day as a co-worker with You, carrying out the tasks that You have entrusted to me.

Be with me at every moment of this day: during the long hours of work, that I may never tire or slacken from Your service; during my conversations, that they may not become for me occasions for meanness towards others; during the moments of worry and stress, that I may remain patient and spiritually calm; during periods of fatigue and illness, that I may avoid self-pity and think of others; during times of temptation, that I may take refuge in Your grace.

Help me to remain generous and loyal to You this day and so be able to offer it all up to You with its successes which I have achieved by Your help and its failings which have occurred through my own fault. Let me come to the wonderful realisation that life is most real when it is lived with You as the Guest of my soul. Amen.

 
 

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