Under the care of the Discalced Carmelite Friars
There are many things happening in our world today to cause us, as Christians, to feel worry, sadness and concern for the future. One only has to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television to be almost overwhelmed by controversy, anger, strife and violence. It would not be difficult to believe that evil is gaining the upper hand in the world.
However, the readings this week are a reminder to us that we should not give in to sadness or despair. Jesus chides us in the Gospel that “the way you think is not God’s way, but man’s”; and the psalmist reminds us that, “The Lord protects the simple hearts”. As followers of Christ, we must live in the world, but that does not mean that we need to allow sorrow and distress to “catch us”. Rather, as Jesus tells us, we need to take up our cross and follow him. If we do, with hearts full of hope, then we are assured by Isaiah that “the Lord will come to our help so that we are untouched.” Read more…