Friday of the 2nd week of Advent
1st Reading IS 48:17-19
Psalm PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6
Gospel MT 11:16-19
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go. -Is. 17B
God will teach us what is for our good and will lead us to where we should go. What a promise! So full of hope and comfort!
The word “good” is a funny word. Good things are, well…good! Good food, good music, good trips – these are all positive things. But when someone says, “This will be for your own good”, well, that usually indicates that whatever we are to experience won’t feel very pleasant, very good, even though the outcome will be beneficial to us.
Trusting God to lead us is one thing to believe as a Christian in theory, and another thing to believe in practice.
One of my children is experiencing this right now. I always tell my college kids, full of doubt and uncertainty about where to go to school and what to do, that I believe that God will get them to where they need to be. And I truly do believe that. But my freshman son was just rejected from his desired major, after an application and interview process that typically occurs after the 1st semester. None of us expected him to not be accepted – he has straight A’s, goes beyond expectations, and has great skill in the field he wishes to pursue. He himself has no idea why he didn’t make the cut. It is a raw wound at the moment.
But God is leading him. We can’t see how or where, or why – yet. We just have to know, to trust, that this will be for his good in the end.
In what ways is God leading you right now? Is there an area in your life that He is refining? This can be a very uncomfortable experience. Pray for trust and peace; pray for the ability to accept being led onto unexpected paths. Pray the prayer Jesus gave to St. Faustina: Jesus, I trust in you.
Fun Fact – We are about halfway through Advent! In two weeks from today, it will be Christmas Day.