Posted by: fvbcdm | March 1, 2012

Feast of Saint Leolucas of Corleone (1 Mar 2012)

On this first day of the month of March, it is very appropriate for us to dedicate ourselves again to the service and love of God during this month, and to offer to Him all that we do and all that happens to us in these 31 days that begin now.  


As we sit at the feet of our Savior and listen to his words in the gospel of today’s Mass, we hear him saying to us: Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened to you.  Then Our Lord goes on to say: Which of you would hand his son a stone if the boy asked for bread, or give him a snake if he asked for a fish? What Our Lord is saying basically is that God is good, that he loves us, and that he will always do to and for us what is GOOD and beneficial.  


I remember very well how a lady of the parish where I was stationed at the time was complaining to me about how God was treating her.  One of her children had turned up with what the doctors called a brain tumor, and she was terrified.  She said to me, by way of a threat to God, “One of these days, when I must stand before the Lord, he’s going to have to do A LOT of explaining to me about the way he treated me and my family on earth.  She was frightened, and angry.  I didn’t say anything about the fact that when she stood before God, HE would be the judge, not she.  And SHE would be the one who would have to answer questions, not he.  


I suspect that when the Lord heard her words to me, he smiled at this rather insolent daughter of his, and thought to himself, “When she finds out why I did or allowed these things to happen to her and members of her family, she will be grateful for them and a little embarrassed for her self-righteousness in looking forward to the moment when she could give me a piece of her mind.” That health problem that was affecting her son, by the way, turned out to be nothing.  That boy is now a man with wife and several children and doing quite well in life.  


So, my dear friends, let us be humbly patient with God.  If we ask for bread in our hunger, he will not give us rocks to break our teeth.  But, on the other hand, if we mistake a rock for a nice roll or muffin, and ask God for it, he will not give it to us, and maybe we will complain and feel sorry for ourselves.  But one day, we will know the whole story and be grateful that our heavenly Father is a kind, wise, loving God.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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