We know that in life for every action there is a reaction. We see that clearly today in the gospel. They tell Jesus that Simon’s mother-in-law is sick (action), Jesus immediately heals her (reaction). The fever left her (action) and she waited on them (reaction). He got up early to go to a deserted place to pray (action), the disciples came looking for him (reaction). Jesus is present in our lives and loves us (action), what is our reaction to that love ?
We have two possible reactions. One is to find a life that has meaning. A second is to find meaning in the life I’ve got. Now the first is really an illusion. I don’t control most things in my life. I am the person I am, whether I’m tall or short, have hair or not, am healthy or have bad health. I’m born into the family I’m born into. I’m born into this time in the world’s history, and much of what is happening around me is not within my control.
So how do we react to the action of God’s transforming love ? All God expects me to do is to use the gifts I have been given to the best of my ability in extending His love. As Mother Teresa said, “To do small things with great love”, to craft the life I have been given into a tiny jewel. That jewel will become part of a great mosaic that God is making !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug