Meditation from the Daily Missal (March 10, 2013):
Our love of life most strongly motivates us when life itself is threatened. Destitute parents give what little food they have first to the children rather than themselves. Doctors and nurses work tirelessly to help heal a person diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Even a perfect stranger donates a kidney to a person in renal failure. The most prodigal act we can do is give another life.
Pushed by desperation, the younger son in the gospel returns home confident that his father won’t let him die. The son is seeking only to live. The prodigality of the father is about even more than this. The father is concerned about his son’s identity and his life. The father not only guarantees his son’s life, but gives new life when he restores him as his son.
Lent, too, is about identity and new life. It is a desert time when we come to thirst more deeply for the life only made possible by growing in our relationship with Christ. By returning home to Christ (by being reconciled with God and each other), we become “a new creation” in him (2 Cor 5:17-21). Lent helps us seek new life; reconciliation guarantees new life. God’s most prodigal act is to give us this new life.
If I had to describe 2012, I’d describe it as a roller-coaster ride. There were lots of ups and downs. Lots of joys, lots of disappointments. This was probably one of the most trying years I’ve had in recent memory. Taking a second to think back on what has affected me and the world, a lot comes to mind.
Giants winning #SuperBowlXLVI against the Patriots.
#Linsanity brought hope to suffering Knicks fans.
The #Olympics… Usain Bolt dominated again, Michael Phelps ended his career, South Korea won bronze in soccer… so much athletic greatness in a two-week span.
The midnight premiere of #TheDarkKnightRises was marred by the shootings in #Aurora.
#GangnamStyle was released in June, and more than 1.5 billion YouTube views later, becomes a huge hit for PSY.
The #Curiosity space rover launched.
Jerry #Sandusky was sentenced to life in prison.
Hurricane #Sandy ripped through the Northeast.
Miguel Cabrera won the #MLB #TripleCrown.
The #Yankees couldn’t hit in October.
Barack #Obama won #FourMoreYears in the presidential election.
The #Knicks got off to a fast start in the new NBA season.
After months of searching, I finally got a new #job in December!
The #EndOfTheWorld came and went.
The nation was rocked by the tragedy at #Newtown.
Looking back, there were a lot of down times and tragic events, but there were a lot of things that restored our faith in humanity. I struggled a lot and faced as much doubt as I’ve ever faced in my life, but I also found myself trusting God as much as I ever have too. This year made me realize so much that God has everything in control, that God knows and does what is best for me, and that God provides for me no matter what.
I’m looking forward to seeing how 2013 plays out. I’m hoping things will continue to fall into place for me. I’m hoping that God will continue to use me for His glory and that I’ll enjoy the year no matter what. Here’s to a new beginning!
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"Captain’s log, Stardate 6051: Had trouble sleeping last night. My hiatal hernia is acting up. The ship is drafty and damp. I complain, but nobody listens."
If I had to describe this year, I would say that it’s definitely been humbling. There are a lot of things that I wish I had at this point (like a good job, among other things), but it hasn’t really been so. I’ve focused a lot on what I don’t have, and that’s led me to view things negatively (“I don’t have this,” “I can’t do this”). But God’s also shown me what he hasgiven me and all that he hasprovided for me. If there’s been a year in which I am really thankful for what I have (health, good family, good friends, having enough), it’s this year. Yes, there are things I don’t have, but this year has shown me the value of trusting in God’s providence and perfect timing. He will give me what I need, when I need it. Thank God for his blessings.