Thank You for
…Your constant support
Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom and sent your holy spirit from on high? And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight.
Last week we discussed whether Jesusâ€™ directions were too hard to follow. They might seem difficult, but nevertheless we are to go out; reach out. We are to trust that God will provide for us while we exercise our mission of loving others, living the life Jesus showed us, and leading everyone we can to Jesus.
This week we reflect on the theme of Godâ€™s refuge. Webster defines refuge as: shelter or protection from danger or distress; or something to which one has recourse in difficulty.
With all the storms and flooding that has surrounded us we can easily relate to the idea of refuge, that safe place one can go in the midst of a storm.
Unfortunately, we tend to think of refuge, including Godâ€™s refuge only in times of distress or persecution.
The Book of Wisdom shows us that God fills us with His wisdom, and fills us with His spirit. We are created to be one with Him. If we understand and feel the way God dwells in us we know that we can rely on Him for more than just refuge in a storm, but everyday, at every moment.
God reveals himself through Holy Scripture and the Tradition and teaching of the Holy Church. These are the tools of His refuge. He infuses us with His grace everyday as long as we work in accord with His will. This is the dynamism of His refuge that constantly surrounds and protects us.
God is the â€œCovenant makerâ€ and continues to provide us with the refuge of His providence.
His refuge is more than a place, more than a moment of respite in times of trouble. It is an on going giving that shapes the way we live, think, read, do theology, provide respite for others, and serve the Church.
Paul writes to Philemon on behalf of Onesimus. Onesimus was Philemonâ€™s runaway slave and Paul was sending him back. It could have been scary for Onesimus even though he was carrying Paulâ€™s letter. But Onesimus wasnâ€™t scared. He was confident because he had the constant refuge of Godâ€™s presence in his life. As Paul points out: Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me, but even more so to you, as a man and in the Lord.
We are all in the Lord and we have the confidence of His refuge. He is our constant support everyday as we journey to heaven.
** Note: Readings for this Sunday are taken from the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. **