Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Trust in God prompts us to action

By Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio del Riego

The following comments are taken from Bishop del Riego's homily on the Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, June 21.

Sometimes when we forget God, we think we can handle things on our own and still prosper. It’s a mistake. We cannot prosper outside of the plan of God. It seems to me that this message for us is to be taken to heart. We want to be thankful to God for life.

“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?”

If God is so provident with nature, how is he not going to be provident, generous with his children?

This Gospel message is sometimes misunderstood or manipulated. Yes, we place our trust in God. This trust in God, however, cannot be an excuse for inaction or for a false sense of security. It is an invitation to collaborate. Our trust in God makes it possible for us to act, to work, to collaborate. With trust we commit ourselves not to lost causes but to things that promise results. Because we trust in God, we work. We do our best not only for ourselves, but for others.

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