March 16, 2023

Who are we, and what are we about? These are important questions because they help us determine how we live our lives and relate to others. In my youth, I could not answer these questions very well, for I did not know my purpose nor understand how to live that fulfilling life I craved. I was anxious about my lack of direction and did not know what to search for or even what to do with whatever I found. Like so many today, I could not see God walking beside me in life, and I could not understand how his love for me related to everything else in my life: work, relationships, or point-of-view. My life was indeed scattered… It took many years of struggle to realize that I needed to gather together what would form my purpose. I could not do that alone, but God, in his great love, calls out to remind us.

“…whoever does not gather with me, scatters.” (Luke 11:23)

Without God’s help, we scatter. If we refuse his lead, we may end up far away from our true destination. But if we gather with him, accepting and recognizing his grace permeating our lives, we will not scatter but abide instead. With God, we endure.

“I will be your God, and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.” (Jeremiah 7:23)

All that we do in his name and for his purpose, even with doubt, enkindles faith. His true presence among us sustains us and nudges us toward growth. May we act in the name of the One who walks with us. In Christ, our purpose is found.

“Return to me with your whole heart, for I am gracious and merciful.” (Joel 2:12-13)

Let us pray: 

“Let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.” (Psalm 95:6-7)


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About Rick Hernandez

Rick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Saint Vincent dePaul Church in Holiday, Florida.