Relying on Providence

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings for Today

Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor – Memorial

He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts.  Mark 6:8

Does God care about the smallest details in your life?  Does He care about you receiving proper food and housing?  Does He care about your proper emotional, material and spiritual support?  He certainly does!

Sometimes it can happen that we fail to realize how completely God cares for us.  We can fall into the trap of getting consumed by the fear and anxiety of daily concerns.  We can worry that we will not have enough for tomorrow or even today.  This worry can concern us regarding all parts of our lives — relationships, emotions, material needs, spiritual strength, etc. 

What we need to know, with complete certainty, is that God is attentive to every detail of our lives.  He knows all and loves us in such a complete way that He will not abandon us ever.  He will never allow us to be without those things we need to live a full and fruitful life.

Do you believe that?  At times it can be hard to believe.  At times we can feel overwhelmed and believe that we must take care of everything ourselves.  It is true that we are called to offer all our energy and talent to God so that He can use us and work through us.  But we should never forget that God is ultimately the one taking care of us and is the one most attentive to our every need. 

Reflect, today, on the level of abandonment that you have to divine providence.  Pray this prayer below and reflect upon how completely you can make it yours.  Jesus, I trust in You!

Prayer of Abandonment

Father,
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

Charles de Foucauld

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