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If God is for us, who can be against us?

Dear Corpus Christi Family,

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It has been awhile since I have last written a reflection.  It is just amazing to me that given the “safe at home” order I am just as busy as I have ever been.  I shake my head wondering how that can be so, but it is.  Perhaps you have noticed the same as well.  More reason to make sure that we are making the time each day to rest at God’s feet in prayer for at least 15 minutes, which is approximately 1% of the day.

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It has been said that the word “busy” is an acronym for Being Under Satan’s Yoke.  Satan wants us to get lost in the busyness of life.  I have often referred to it as the “tyranny of the urgent.”  Being busy keeps us distracted and our minds away from God, or at least it does for me.

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St. Francis De Sales once said: “Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day, except when we are busy – then we need an hour.”  I have found his quote to be so true in my life.  The busier I am the more I need to spend time with God because busyness is really all about me, my ego (an acronym for Edging God Out), and my agenda.  Whereas prayer is about God, his agenda, discovering his purpose for our lives, and surrendering to his will.  And besides, it has been said, “that no one on their death bed wished that they had spent more time at the office.”  Busyness is about spending way too much time at the office, and away from what really matters most, God and our relationships.

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There is always a lot of stuff running through and working our minds, and so, its hard to feel settled, rested and at peace, especially during this pandemic when everything seems to be tuned up a few notches than usual.  So, I would invite you to consider practicing a favorite spiritual meditation of mine that I have found helpful the next time you sit and rest at the feet of the Lord.

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Ready?

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Begin by repeating a few times, “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).

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Now imagine yourself as actually looking at all your difficulties like an army lined up against you.

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Then realize you have a backing – God’s got your back – that can overcome them all.  As you face all your difficulties (enemies) – discouragement, frustration, disappointment, depression, boredom, social isolation, anger, weakness, deadlines, the never ending to do list and so on – ask yourself, “What shall I say to these things?”  And the answer is, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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Now, spend some time realizing that God is for you (the Easter message), and say this affirmation a few times: “God is with me. God is for me. God is greater than all these things.”

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Then visualize these difficulties (enemies) of your peace and happiness as retreating, giving way before God’s power.

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Now, personalize the text by saying: “If God is for me, who can be against me?”

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The repetitive us of this text will give you an enormous sense of God’s presence and a powerful feeling of victory (Easter).

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It is now time for me to go and practice – the above mediation – what I preach.

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I look forward to when we can come together again as God’s family, celebrate Mass, hear God’s Word, receive Holy Communion, and simply be who we are, Corpus Christi.

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Father Tim

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