But thou, O Lord, art a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. (Psalm 3:3)
Although in our lives we will have many battles to face, and possibly knowing that we may fail, we should persevere and continue on and trusting in Him to carry our mission which is to live His word, trust in His word and share the love of His word by teaching others of its beauty. That is the example the prophet Jeremiah gives us in today’s first reading.
Speaking from experience, I have always attempted to carry God in my mind and heart by trying to do the best I can by setting a good example especially during Lent on having three things set as a priority….Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. I believe it is during this time as a Catholic we can reflect on how we can become closer to God and learn how to grow deeper in our faith. I’ve always felt that I can trust Him to deliver me with whatever he needs me to deal with, whether I like it or not. I always take it as a learning and growing experience – as if He were preparing me to better myself. When I was little girl, I knew of God’s love and appreciated the life he gave me and the family that I had. As I grew older, through my adolescent and teen years, I learned a great deal about life and the world outside my family and it was scary. Again, having my faith kept me strong and confident that I could overcome anything as long as I had God in my heart and His word on my mind.
It was a huge test of my faith when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I was disappointed and felt abandoned by God. He allowed my mother to get ill with a terminal disease. However, through that experience, as a little more mature and mother of two, I realized my mother’s strength to live was all due to her love and faith of God and the Virgin Mary. When she passed, I didn’t know it then but she was ready to go home and be with God. I realize now, as I become older, that she went home to be with her Father, with Christ our Saviour.
With this Gospel, I’ve been reminded that even at times of adversity, we can’t allow our faith to diminish and we must lead with our strong faith to overcome any battles that we may have and trust in our Lord that whatever he puts in our path will make us wiser, stronger and ready to serve him more faithfully.
And moreso, I was reminded how He suffered and died for us so that we may live. As a believer, I feel it’s important teach my kids and those whom I encounter that His love is real and, if we love Him and follow His word and teachings, we can attain true happiness and peace.