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July 13, 2022

I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike. What does Jesus mean when he uses the word childlike? Innocent, ingenious, purity, sincerity, and trusting come to mind.

I remember in 1961, Hurricane Carla hit the coast of Texas with great fury. The rain started days before landfall. My mom and dad busied themselves with preparing our home by taping the large window in our living room, picking up objects that might blow away, purchasing groceries, and filling the bathtubs with water. Despite all this preparation, my siblings and I were never afraid. We had complete and total trust in our parents. The night the storm made landfall, we ate dinner by candlelight, set up sleeping bags in the living room, and played board games, oblivious to what was happening outside.

Our gospel challenges us to look at our relationship with God, the Father, through Jesus. In our prayer, do we surrender ourselves to God’s loving care? All too often, I hold back, assuming that God knows everything going on in my life, so I pray for what I want and need, not God’s will. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit desire a personal and trusting relationship with us. We open ourselves to serenity, peace, wisdom, and understanding by placing our trust in them.

In a letter to Stephanie Gourd, Father Eymard advises her to continue to be like a child in a boat that God is navigating. Leave the care of the future to the Good Lord; yours is to be ready to fulfill his holy will.

To whom do you place your trust?

Closing Prayer

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to the little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia. (Gospel Acclamation)

 

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About Patty Pizzitola

Patty is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Parish in Houston TX.