FRIDAY 4TH WEEK
Lauren Strycula C ‘13 and Margaret Kenney C ‘13
Clinging to our Lord
“The LORD is the redeemer of the souls of his servants; and none are condemned who take refuge in him.” Psalm 34: 23
College is a place where we encounter stress, anxiety, rocky relationships, and an overall sense of searching for something more. It is important that we take a deep look inside ourselves. Amidst all the chaos, all the frustrations, and all the occasions of sin, it can be a challenge to remain strong in our faith and to trust that there is something greater then ourselves that is keeping us going. When we are weakest and at our most vulnerable moments, God, who has redeemed our souls, is with us—even if we cannot feel him. We must remember that the moment that Jesus was weakest (hanging on the Cross) was the moment that He redeemed our souls. Even though Jesus’ death is an important part of our Catholic Faith, many of us often forget the power and truth behind the act. No matter where we are on our journey, no matter what struggles we are bringing, God wants us. He wants all of us, including our stresses and anxieties to be in relationship with Him. Clinging to the truth of God’s gift of Himself to us will provide us with strength, courage, and grace as He Himself has revealed that we who find refuge in Him will not be condemned.
Dear Lord, help me seek refuge in You, not as a perfect being, but as what I am in this moment. Help me to remember that You died for me. Give me the strength and courage to trust in You and give myself to You. Place the image of Your death for me on my heart and mind so that I can better understand what living a Christ-filled life really means. Help me to never forget that we who seek refuge in You will not be condemned, but desire to become ever closer to You. Amen.
Wis 2 :1a, 12-22, Ps 34: 17-21,23, Jn 7: 1-2,10,25-30