Saint for the day:Apollonia – Died c. 249
Scripture Readings for today’s :Liturgy:
James 1:1-11 – Psalm 119 – Mark 8:11 – 13
“From Glory to Glory He’s changing me
In the opening of his letter, James says, “Consider it a joy when you encounter various trials since your faith is tested in this way.” This reminds me of something St. Theresa said, “Lord, if this is the way you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few!”
Trials and hardships are always there so we don’t have to look for them. The bottom line, though, is how we deal with them when they touch our lives in some kind of direct way. If we put the reading from James up against today’s Gospel which is asking for signs we might be able to get some clear understanding how all this fits together.
In this short Gospel they ask Jesus for a sign and we have to ask ourselves, “what are signs for?” When I’m moving around the city I only need signs when I’m not sure of where I’m going. When I know my destination I can almost get there with my eyes closed.
Jesus tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” This, coupled with, “I will never leave you…” should be enough for us to stay close. Another quote from St. Theresa was on a bookmark found in her prayer book in which she had written: “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you; All things pass: God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices.”
If we have this understanding and know where we are headed we should not be fearful about our lives. Jesus tells us that He goes to prepare a place for us and what we are to become has not yet been revealed. But we know, that when it is revealed we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He really is. Remind me to tell you about making pop corn last night and how amazing that transformation is. And I ended up singing, “From Glory to Glory He’s changing me…” Amen!