E-letter from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
The Words of Jesus
Perhaps one of the greatest struggles in embracing the gospel is the command of Jesus to let go of our entire life. The control we think we have, the anxiety we often create, our disordered desires that only serve to hurt us, our ideas about ourselves and others and our own will often reveal themselves in the light of the gospel as an illusion, a mask that is surrounded in unreality.
Jesus reminds us that everything that is true and beautiful about life comes from Him. His words alone remove the veil that we so often remain trapped behind. "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock." Mt 7:24-25
A wise person is one who looks at their life and realizes that by himself they are incomplete and in need of an "other." Jesus Christ is therefore not a crux for "weak" people but the cure and the remedy for the blindness and sickness we live in without Him. Those who listen to His words and build their life upon Him will not be moved despite the trends and fashions that blow through society and leave so many people lost and wandering aimlessly for direction in their life.
Br. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
St. Leopold Friary, Yonkers, NY > link
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