Saturday, January 4, 2014

True Peace Only Comes When We Live in Reality

As I said in the previous post (paraphrasing) don't worry about this next year or your future because the same God Who has been so faithful to you in the past will continue to be faithful in the future.

St. Francis de Sales put it this way:

"The same Everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings."

I mean how easy is it for us to forget how abundantly good God has been to us?  

Very easy.

When we forget Who God is though (an all-loving and all-wise Father Who has nothing but our best interests at heart) it becomes that much easier to lose our sense of peace.  Put another way, Who God really is and what God has to say - THAT'S reality. We are called and invited to abide in Him and listen to Him -to live in reality.  Outside of reality there is no true peace but if we live in the truth then we have peace.

As always I think Jesus says it best:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?o
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,* and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil."
-Matthew 6:25-34

Faith gives the deepest part of our intellect - what the bible would call the "heart" - access to God, to the truth, to reality.  So let us not be of little faith but let us always remember Who God is.  Let us stay there.

"Abide with me." - John 15:4

Most of all let us hover often near Jesus in the Eucharist.  Let us draw near and keep company with the One Who is True, with Reality.  Then we will have peace because we will know Him Who is the truth and the truth will make us free.

-MM