Letting God Help

Dear Parishioners,
Let's each ask ourself the question, what struggles have I faced recently? How did I handle them? Did I ask for God's help? Or did I try and take care of everything on my own?

If we remember that the Lord's always present to us, we will turn to Him at those difficult times and ask for His help. What is important also is that after we ask for the Lord's help, we let Him help, we don't try and take care of everything by ourself.

In the gospel today, Jesus' disciples are having trouble understanding Jesus when he talks about giving of his flesh to eat. Because of this, many of Jesus' disciples left him. That didn't try to come to a better understanding and they didn't ask for his help.

When Jesus asked his twelve apostles if they were going to leave him too, Peter responded, "Master to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." So we see how Peter didn't take the problem upon himself. He believed in Jesus and decided to stay with him and let Jesus guide him.

As we face our struggles and have different questions, let's stay with Jesus and ask him to guide us. Let's also remember to let Jesus guide us rather than trying to take care of things ourself.

I'd like to conclude with a short poem that teaches us not to interfere but to let the Lord help us:

As children bring their broken toys

with tears for us to mend,

I brought my broken dreams to God

because He was my friend.

But then, instead of leaving Him

in peace to work alone,

I hung around and tried to help

with ways that were my own.

At last, I snatched them back and cried,

"How can you be so slow?" "My child," He said, "What could I do?

You never did let go."

 

Sincerely in Christ,
Father Dominick