Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/11/27

Monday Impulse

Monday of the 34th Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Luke 21:1-4

She gave her whole livelihood. (Lk 21:4)

Yesterday, we talked about the surrender of life. Today, we hear from the widow, who gave her whole livelihood. It comes down still to holding nothing back, but giving everything for Jesus. Sometimes, we are forced to give everything, for example, if we are sick, and, of course, when we die. Then we have to give everything; we must put our life in God’s hands. Also, if large loads or challenges come, we must give everything. Work and family and the daily duties can ask a lot from us. It can quickly happen that we must give everything and can hold back nothing more for ourselves.

She gave her whole livelihood.

When life is running smoothly, we are in danger of wanting to live for ourselves. We want to be comfortable. We have a tendency to want to live without disturbances. It would be best, in our opinion, if nothing comes between, if everything remains as it is. We may then no longer give everything. We give something for Jesus, but no longer everything. In such situations, we are asked voluntarily to give everything. And we must then ask, what would that mean in this situation for us. I do not mean that you must always run in full swing and completely “would have to make everything work together”. It may be that Jesus invites us to come to rest more and more, to pray. There is a time for everything. There is a time where we need to be very involved, there is also a time in which we should be quiet. If we go through our whole life with Jesus, then we must make everything about his will, what he wants. Doing his will, then, is first and foremost.

She gave her whole livelihood.

Whether it is now very hectic in our lives or a time of quiet, we should do the will of Jesus. I personally cannot imagine how you can tell his will in an ongoing way without a spiritual director. If a person really seriously no longer makes their own decisions, but wanted to live.entirely for Jesus, then he will search for a person who can help him to seek the will of God for his life. How else can I let go of my own will? If I really look for what God wants, then I must stop and must put my freedom, my will in the hands of God. If I decide everything alone, there is a great danger that I am mistaken and make things around me go the way that I wold like to have them. We are so intelligent! We can rationalize and streamline so much in our lives! Even if you have a spiritual director, it is still possible to deceive him and yourself. This can happen when you tell your spiritual director things selectively, so that the results of your conversation are directed in a certain way, towards a particular outcome. How much more possible is this danger then if one makes all decisions only for themselves without any consultation?

She gave her whole livelihood.

Today, let’s ask ourselves: do I really seek the will of God in all I do? How do I make my decisions? Do I check myself? Does God “set me down” onto the way He wants me to go when I stray ? Do I have a spiritual director, a person with whom I can look together for the will of God?

(Word(s) of explanation – as part of our mission, my husband and I collaborate with our parish priest on something called a Daily Impulse – an interpretation of the day’s Gospel. It begins with Father Roland sending it to us in German. I get with an online translator to get the first translation, then go over it myself. Anything that doesn’t make sense to me, I translate word for word, usually yell intermittently at the translation, along with a “Hey, honey, what the heck does this mean in German and could it be interpreted in this way? Why the heck not, it doesn’t make any sense that way!! Oh, okay!!”. Yep,my husband is a patient guy. Then it goes back to Father to make sure that was what he meant, and then we send it out to a mostly American mailing list. I liked this particular one, so figured I would share it. If you would like me to add you to the mailing list, just yell. )

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