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Below is Fr. Rusty's letter from the November 18, 2012 bulletin.
An Unexpected Gift
“Disappointment is the fastest way to enlightenment.” As I read these words, I had to stop and ponder. My next thought was: then maybe happiness is not getting what you wanted! The world of our mind says – no way. But in discovery, the world of our soul says – wisdom indeed.
In our gospel today, Jesus speaks about life’s trials, darkness, losses, failures, sufferings but also how “heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never." Mark 13:31.
The bridge leading us from bitter to better, from sadness to joy, from despair to hope is the WORD, especially: “don’t be afraid, I am with you.” Faith then is not a noun (to know God) but a verb (to trust God). Spiritual Courage is born when we can say: whatever happens, we (God and I) can handle it. And the height of courage is Hope. So we hear in today’s Responsorial Psalm: “Keep Me Safe O God, You Are My Hope.” Psalm 16.
If you wish to discover more deeply this gift, this ally called Faith, trusting God as the Good Shepherd, I invite you to go to the parish website at www.ssj.org (“The Lord is My Shepard Meditation” link under Quick Links), where I will lead you in an eight minute prayer called “Lecho Divine as the Sacred Reading” of one of the most beloved of all the Psalms, Psalm 23: "The Lord is My Shepherd."
Thanks for talking the time to read and pray-over these words. May they bless you…as you bless me.