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April 28, 2022

Daily Reflection for Thursday, April 28, 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link: CLICK HERE

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 5:27-33
Responsorial: Psalm 34:2,9,17-20
Gospel: John 3:31-36

Our Reflection on Thursday’s Reading: 
We must obey God not men.” Acts 5:29

Maybe this is what a midlife crisis is all about. Perhaps if I wasn’t a man of faith, I would get a fancier car, quit my job, get divorced and start making all sorts of terrible decisions, but that’s not my style.  Instead, I’ve really been stuck in my head a lot lately.  I’ve been doing an inventory of my life over the last few weeks and asking all sorts of questions of myself.  Is this where God wants me?  Am I limiting myself and family out of fear?  Did I choose the path that He wished for me or did I choose the path of convenience?  It could be that this is all because my doctor reminded me of my mortality or maybe God is pushing me to reassess my life and discern whether I should make some changes. 

I have made a lot of bad decisions in my life, yet I have also made some decisions that have turned out to be life-saving and amazing.  Life is complicated and it is often difficult to discern the best course of action while you’re living it.  The world tells us we should choose whatever makes us happy, what gives us pleasure, or what is easiest.  Yet as we all know that does not always produce the best results.  Whatever happiness we might feel is fleeting and soon enough we’re disappointed and want more.  Even worse, decisions made with these goals in mind don’t just leave us unsatisfied, but sometimes even cause us regret and hurt us or those we love.  When I am honest with myself, those poor decisions I’ve made in life were often for my own self-satisfaction without consideration if they are what God wants for me.  It was something to fulfill my pride, pleasure or prestige in the eyes of others.  I did not lean on God and use His gift of the Spirit before I headed off in the wrong direction.

These readings today remind me that I need to let God help me discern my path through life just as the disciples did all those years ago. It would have been much easier for them to listen to the authorities and stop preaching the Gospel, but as they point out they “must obey God not men.”  True happiness and fulfillment come from God, not man or earthly things.  When I make decisions rooted in God and not what is convenient or fun, then I can have confidence that it is the right decision.  To assist us in this struggle, God has given us the Holy Spirit, which He does not ration.  The Holy Spirit is there to guide us and is the fulfillment of God’s promise to never leave us.

Lord, in your mercy and wisdom, I pray that all who are struggling to discern your will for them might be guided to fulfillment by your Holy Spirit, so that we may honor the sacrifice of your son, Jesus. 

Happy Easter!
Pete Kuester

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