The old Irish blessings prays that the wind be always at your back. Today, it was totally in my face, for three straight hours, 30MPH plus, with a constant pelting rain. And cold…
No one said it would be easy. I walked through deep troughs of mud and whatever, pulling and tugging on my boots. The boots I am wearing are truly waterproof, thank God . I prayed for the wind to be at my back but the Lord was having none of it. He didn’t calm the winds for any of us pilgrims as He calmed the winds on the sea for the disciples caught in fear.
The Lord wanted us to brave those powerful winds and that we did. I’m just a bit weary. God doesn’t always calm the storms on the outside, perhaps to make us stronger within. I did receive a tremendous sense of tranquility as the winds were pushing us from side to side. I knew without a doubt we would make. That is the Peace that only Christ can give, the peace when we TRUST that we will make it.
Trust is at the heart of being a disciple and follower of Jesus. We are called to give in to this trust so that a relationship with Him can be forged and deepen. We have to trust that God created us for a reason from the foundation of the world. Yes, this is exactly what St Paul teaches in today’s reading at Mass ,and also, that we are predestined to be God’s adopted children. Paul ends the reading by saying that everything will converge in Christ, Who is the Cornerstone of all the cosmos and creation.
We are ALL braving the winds together and our journeys will meet and converge in Christ. Buen Camino. Fr. Frank