Lent Day 25 – God is Working

by Bishop Robert Barron


In his second letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul tells us that, “We walk by faith and not by sight.” It’s a lovely summary of the Christian life. We see the world around us, as anyone else does, and we can learn to understand it according to conventional categories—political, cultural, economic, etc.

But as Christians, our primary orientation is not given by reason; it’s given by faith. And this has nothing to do with irrationality or credulity. It has to do with an appreciation of God and the movement of God—precisely in and through all of the conventional events perceived in the conventional manner.

Sometimes it is exceedingly hard to see what God is doing. But we trust. It might happen slowly and in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence, but God is always acting. From the smallest beginnings can come the accomplishment of God’s purpose.

Jesus makes much the same point: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how” (Mark 4:26-27).

God is working, though we can’t see it with our eyes and our ordinary categories.


   

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  • nimaju

    On those days when it seems a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” trusting in God’s plan is just about the only thing to do, hoping that it’ll reveal itself in due course.

  • Concord_Mike

    God desires from His children the same things we desire from our children: Trust, Obebience, and Love. We can learn much about God’s love through the window of our own love and sacrifice for our children.

    • Elizabeth

      And to realize the patience God has waiting for us to respond. At one time I had much patience, but now….

  • Barbara Ann Baugh

    We need to follow God’s Plan because plan B (our plan) sucks

  • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

    Hi all,

    Waiting on God to tell you what He wants you to do in His service is difficult, at times, in itself, but even more so when He tells you what His purpose is but not telling you when it will happen!
    Trust!!
    It will give you a whole, new understanding of what it means to wait on God! All aspects of future events must fall, into play, together for His plan for your life to work when and how He has planned it.
    That could be a week, a month, a year a decade.

    A patient species we are not!
    As we are waiting on God to act, remenember each day, God is waiting on us to act whether in behalf our families, friends, the poor the forgotten and so on!

    Before you start yourr conversation with the Lord each day, set aside your litany of “I wants.. ” and ask Him what He wants of you. A simple “Good morning Lord! Thank you for another day to love and serve You. Help me to make better use of today, than I did yesterday”!
    After all, we have only today!

    Peace,

    Michael

    • ber

      Michael you have summed it up so well thank you for your fine words bernie

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        Ber,

        Bless you!

        The Holy Spirit inspires me……. I just write it down!
        Many times I look back on comments I wrote and I am in awe of what the Holy Spirit has said through me!
        A humbling experience, indeed!

        God Bless,

        Michael
        The Prayer Warrior

        • ber

          Inspired indeed Michael pray for me please bernie

          • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

            Bernie,

            Your on my list!

            Peace, and prayers,

            Michael

    • Elizabeth

      Amen Michael For me, this Lent the word TRUST in the Lord keeps showing up. And Micheal, you are so on target to start my day by asking God what He wants of me. The day when I remember to ask what He wants, is the day that goes much smoother.

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        Elizabeth,

        Amen!

        Peace,

        Michael

  • Dude_Abides

    God and the Holy Spirit’s work is sublime. It is often difficult for one to envision a bigger picture when struggling through this jigsaw puzzle of life. More often we use the tools of sight/vision to focus on and make individual pieces of our life’s puzzle come together. We can become frustrated when we attempt to force the pieces to fit. As we adjust the pieces, move them back and forth, in an out, we can start to feel anger and at worst, give up or lose faith. Sometimes in the past I was given to thinking somebody had put pieces to another puzzle in my puzzle box and I am just spinning my wheels trying to make the pieces fit and solve the puzzle.
    But God owns the BIG PICTURE. He provides the solution in his due time. He can sure well take his time when you’re frantically seeking a answer. But often this is to instruct us through perseverance, humility and faith that he always makes the pieces fit and the puzzle complete.

  • ber

    God draws us to himself trough the gift of faith as a parent watches their child walk run rise and fall they are willing us on wanting us to succeed life will bring us different challenges a parent watches their child trough the different stages when we fall they lift us when we succeed they praise us when we misbehave they cry but they never stop loving us we are draw to them trough love and knowledge trough faith we are drawn to the lord we are often blind and and it is only on reflection we can see where we have grown or failed and often in the lives of the saints they have not known how they have sprouted great faith great works trough there labours but planted the seeds of faith and left the rest to the lord we are the seed the lord has planted in the world he wishes us to grow as a plant often burrow’s trough the soil to get to the light it is in the gaze of that light will it bloom does the plant know it’s in bloom ?? but the lord that has planted knows the plant no longer remembers the darkness of the soil because it beams in the light of its creator

  • Murieta Marsha

    It gives me great peace each morning to affirm that today “God has it covered.” My mantra is Phil 4:6-7 : Be anxious for no- thing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, in thanksgiving, let your petitions known to God”. That and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ” We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God”

  • Kathleen Carver

    It has been a very tough year for my family physically, financially, and spiritually. I am the only one working. My husband had a hospital stay that was to be inpatient stay and thirty minutes before he was discharged they changed it to outpatient and the insurance will not pay anything on an $11,000+ hospital bill. My oldest daughter just started college and unable to get grants or loans due to me making too much money according to the federal government. Then, my husband and daughter had an accident with the vehicle that I drive to work with and had to replace that so I can get to work–since I drive four hours a day to and from work. Then having lots of issues with our house. Sometimes it seems to be very difficult to trust God when everything seems to crumble all around.

    • ber

      Kathleen in so sorry for your troubles its hard to keep faith at such times I will be praying for you tonight

      • isabelito i trayvilla

        Our own experience of the paschal mystery is that it’s simply a mystery. It’s very difficult to fathom God’s purposes for us, like why He allows our world to crumble before our eyes. The heartbreaking experience of suffering on earth reminds me of problem of evil in the book of Job and Christ’s own feeling of abandonment on the cross. Many times, the best prayer that we could utter is to just repeat Christ’s words of desperation, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” This is probably what the mystics mean by the dark night of the body and the soul. Those who are privileged to undergo this darkness must be God’s chosen few, the holy ones of God who strengthens and comforts them with His light and love. Yes, we walk by faith, not by sight. When our faith is total and complete, our sight will be fully enlightened and we ultimately see the splendour of the holy, mighty and immortal God. Sin and suffering is our lot, but love and the mercy of God predetermines our union with Him for all eternity. Today is Laetare Sunday. Let us rejoice and proclaim the greatness of the Lord. For this is the day that He has made, let us be joyful and be glad in it.

    • Elizabeth

      Kathleen, I pray you hang onto the hope we have in the Lord. As Michael stated above we have to trust. It is not that we do not do anything while waiting, it is the attitude that we have confidence in the Lord in order for us not to despair. In our town we have a social concerns person, check out what is available to you as well as the hospital bill.. There are other student loans beside the federal loans. Also, there are those students who work and go to evening classes. There are also companies that will pay for college. I pray for you and your family to find some recourse for your problems.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Kathleen,

      Know your in my prayers!

      As for your daughter, most colleges give free education to their employees. See if that is an option!

      Meanwhile, if you want, email prayers through my website. Go to contact us!

      Peace, and may the Blood of Jesus wash away your fears, the ill health issues in your family and bless you with a “Jesus Hug” (tears from the Holy Spirit) to let you know He Loves You!

      Peace,

      Michael
      The Prayer Warrior

      http://www.irishmike.org

    • Penelope

      Hello Kathleen, I am very sorry to hear all that your family is going through. Please know that I too will be praying for you and your family, and will add you to our prayer chain as well. Judging from all of our comments, you will have a lot of prayer warriors knocking on heaven’s door for your family intentions!
      Thanks be to God!
      For myself, I believe that when I am going through difficulties – as I am right now – it is not so much that I don’t trust in God, but more that I am battling, struggling to move through the chaos to find God’s Peace in my life. I am moving towards God, because it is only in Him that I trust. I know that He is there, and I venture to say that you too are moving towards God, and know that He is with you as well. What the future holds, we don’t know, but we do know that He will be with us. When I fix my eyes on the difficulty, I get stressed, and I feel fearful and anxious – the difficulties seem insurmountable. But when I fix my eyes on Jesus, the things of the earth, my trials and tribulations, really do grow dim in the light of His Glory and Grace.
      I am in no way saying that it is easy, but I am saying that it is my experience that we do come to Peace, after we have battled in prayer for a bit. The fact that we are battling does not mean that we don’t trust in God. On the contrary, the struggle to reach out to God is a sign of our trust in Him.
      I think the hardest part of the battle is taking the time to step aside with the Lord, to turn our face away from the difficulties, and to pray to Him and tell Him what is on our heart. And God is faithful, He will fill our hearts with His Peace.
      God’s Word tells us: ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor, his righteousness endures forever.’
      2 Corinthians 9:9. Kathleen, the Lord will provide.

    • isabelito i trayvilla

      Our own experience of the paschal mystery is that it’s simply a mystery.
      It’s very difficult to fathom God’s purposes for us, like why He allows
      our world to crumble before our eyes. The heartbreaking experience of
      suffering on earth reminds me of problem of evil in the book of Job and
      Christ’s own feeling of abandonment on the cross. Many times, the best
      prayer that we could utter is to just repeat Christ’s words of
      desperation, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” This is
      probably what the mystics mean by the dark night of the body and the
      soul. Those who are privileged to undergo this darkness must be God’s
      chosen few, the holy ones of God who strengthens and comforts them with
      His light and love. Yes, we walk by faith, not by sight. When our faith
      is total and complete, our sight will be fully enlightened and we
      ultimately see the splendour of the holy, mighty and immortal God. Sin
      and suffering is our lot, but love and the mercy of God predetermines
      our union with Him for all eternity. Today is Laetare Sunday. Let us
      rejoice and proclaim the greatness of the Lord. For this is the day that
      He has made, let us be joyful and be glad in it.

  • ber

    Today surprised me bishop Barron as I expected today’s reflection to be about our lady

  • Susanrose

    Hello Michael,
    Your words are very inspiring. Our Lord is the potter and we are the clay he molds us, and conforms us, in due time we will see the masterpiece. Like you said, we just have to be patient, trusting and know that we’re in good hands of the Lord

    JMJ
    Peace

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Susan,

      Very true!
      Even though we are the clay and being God’s vessel, we have cracks.
      Our cracks are a badge of honor and courage because even with flaws the Fire of the Holy Spirit seals those cracks by His Love and as reenforcement bar in concrete strengthens it so do the the lessons and trials in our life (our cracks) strengthen that vessel ( our souls) .

      We become Christi-like. As Jesus bore His Scars of crucifixion, we present to the Father, the crucifixions of our lives!

      Peace and joy,

      Michael

      • Susanrose

        Amen!

        JMJ
        Peace

  • 2chainchristian

    God has a purpose for us all. May God bless you all.

  • Mary Jane Madeline

    Thank you Bishop Barron. I like the idea of thinking of God at work to accomplish His purpose. It would take Faith when what is accomplished is not exactly what we might want; Faith, believing and trusting that He only accomplishes a good that in time or eternity may be understood. Blessed be God.

  • rtclovesmac

    But really, if we admit it, we DO see God working in so many ways.

    It’s just that we forget what we’ve seen and acknowledged as His works, or

    we choose not to believe what we’ve seen because it does not meet our expectations, or worse yet,

    he chooses to work through us and we think WE did it, failing to acknowledge and be grateful for the gifts that are given.

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    His work is Wonderfully Done.

  • Linda Dokey

    Amen Amen ♡

  • Michael Gemmell

    I really enjoy these reflections. Thank you

  • Waita Ward

    We need to be constantly reminded. Thank you, Bishop Barron. I just love all the encouraging and hopeful comments. Patience is a virtue alright. With God’s grace, I hope to attain that level where everything, everything is offered up to Him.