Reflection for Wednesday 2 September
Firstly, you should have received the Mass Booking link yesterday. This is also available on the Growing Faith home page growingfaith.co.za. This link will remain the same and the details of the available Masses will change every week for you. Bookings are restricted to two weeks in advance. We hope to see you soon.
As we emerge out of a time of much uncertainty during lockdown, I also find myself with some uncertainty about what lies ahead. Certainly, the new “Normal” will be different to the old one, but to what extent and in which direction is what causes the uncertainty.
The Covid-19 crisis has affected many people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to name a few. Even our religious practices have been affected, maybe permanently. Depending on whether you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist, the prospects ahead can be either exciting or disconcerting.
The Serenity Prayer, which is used inter alia by Alcoholics Anonymous, is perhaps relevant:
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Serenity, Courage and Wisdom – easy to say; maybe not so easy to do. I would suggest that the most important of these is wisdom, which implies knowledge and insight. Wisdom, which is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor.12:6-11) and is often confused with Knowledge on its own, requires some introspection and conviction. In other words, believe in it and make it your own.
The Creed, which is said at every Sunday Mass, is what we, as Catholics, should be adhering to every day and in our relationship with God. If there are elements of the Creed to which we do not subscribe, it can lead to the kind of confusion which results in division and indifference. It’s the old problem of objective and subjective truth. One is rooted in Jesus Christ and the other in our own circumstances.
There is one constant: God! Believe in Him and make Him your own. Let us keep focused on Him in the weeks and months ahead so that the new Normal can be a positive, exciting and deeply spiritual experience for us all.
God bless and stay safe. Dc Mike & the team.