Posted by: frburke23 | February 25, 2014

Thought for Wednesday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time

Beloved:
Come now, you who say,
“Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,
spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”–
you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.
Instead you should say,
“If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”
But now you are boasting in your arrogance.
All such boasting is evil.
So for one who knows the right thing to do
and does not do it, it is a sin.

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Do you have your life planned out?  Do you have it all figured out?  That was me many years ago. I had my life planned.  I was going to be a professional baseball player, get married, have a large family, make a lot of money and live happily ever after.  That was the plan.  I asked God to bless my plan.  I’m sure we have all done that.

And yet…St. James tells us today, “you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.”  We should be saying, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”  In other words, we should be seeking the will of God in our lives above all else.

I’m not saying that it is bad to dream and to make plans.  We need to do those things and move toward a goal.  However, while we are moving toward a goal we should be asking God, “Is this your will?  Is this the direction you want me to go?”

In the perfect prayer Jesus taught us, the Our Father, He says, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done….”  Jesus, even though He is God, came to do the will of the Father.  We are called to do the same.  God our Father (Abba, daddy) has a wonderful plan for our lives.  Imagine if everyone in the world listened to the voice of the Father in prayer and followed His will.  What a different world we would have!  There would be no war, no violence, no bitterness, no jealousy – it would be paradise.  And yet our selfish desires and sinfulness take us away from God’s plans, which leads to the world in which we live today.

When I’m speaking to the youth I ask them, “How many of you have been asked, ‘What do you want to do with your lives?’”  They all raise their hands.  Then I ask them, “How many times have you been asked, ‘What does God want you to do with your lives?’”  None of them raise their hands.  It is just a slight change in wording, but the meaning is completely different.  Let us ask our children and grandchildren and ourselves, “What does God want you to do with your life?”

Do I spend time in prayer each day asking God to know His will for me?

Am I doing God’s will or am I following my own plans?

I have found that following God’s will is what leads to true fulfillment, peace and joy.  I have realized that God’s plan for me is so much better than the plan I had for myself.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

SANTIAGO 4:13-17

Amados:
Vengan ahora, ustedes que dicen:
“Hoy o mañana iremos a tal o cual ciudad,
pasaremos allá un año haciendo negocios, y hacer ganancia”-
no tienen idea de cómo será su vida mañana.
Ustedes son una nube de humo que aparece brevemente y luego desaparece.
Más bien, deben decir:
“Si el Señor lo quiere, viviremos para hacer esto o aquello.”
Pero ahora se jactan en su arrogancia.
Toda jactancia semejante es mala.
Por lo tanto, alguien que sabe lo que hay que hacer
y no lo hace, está en pecado.

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¿Tienes tu vida planeada? ¿Lo tienes todo resuelto? Ese era yo hace muchos años. Yo tenía mi vida planeada. Yo iba a ser un jugador profesional de béisbol, casarme, tener una familia grande, hacer mucho dinero y vivir feliz para siempre. Ese era el plan. Le pedí a Dios que bendiga mi plan. Estoy seguro que todos hemos hecho eso.

Y sin embargo… Santiago nos dice hoy, “no tienes idea de cómo será tu vida mañana.” Deberíamos estar diciendo: “Si el Señor lo quiere, viviremos para hacer esto o aquello.” En otras palabras, deberíamos estar buscando la voluntad de Dios en nuestras vidas por encima de todo.

No estoy diciendo que es malo soñar y hacer planes. Debemos hacer esas cosas y avanzar hacia una meta. Sin embargo, mientras nos estamos moviendo hacia una meta deberíamos estar preguntándole a Dios “¿Es esta tu voluntad? ¿Es esta la dirección que quieres que me vaya?”

En la oración perfecta Jesús nos enseñó, el Padre Nuestro, Él dice: “venga tu reino, hágase tu voluntad….” Jesús, a pesar de que Él es Dios, vino a hacer la voluntad del Padre. Nosotros estamos llamados a hacer lo mismo. Dios nuestro Padre (Abba, papá) tiene un plan maravilloso para nuestras vidas. Imagínate si todos en el mundo escuchan la voz del Padre en la oración y siguen Su voluntad. ¡Qué mundo tan diferente tendríamos! No habría guerras, ni violencia, ni amargura, ni celos – sería el paraíso. Y sin embargo, nuestros deseos egoístas y pecaminosidad nos alejan de los planes de Dios, lo que lleva al mundo en el que vivimos hoy día.

Cuando estoy hablando con los jóvenes les pregunto, “¿A cuántos de ustedes les han preguntado, ‘Qué quieren hacer con sus vidas?'” Todos ellos levantaron sus manos. Luego les pregunto: “¿Cuántas veces les han preguntado,” Qué quiere Dios que hagan con sus vidas? ‘” Ninguno de ellos levanto sus manos. Es sólo un cambio ligero en la redacción, pero el significado es completamente diferente. Preguntémosle a nuestros hijos y nietos, y a nosotros mismos, “¿Qué quiere Dios que hagas con tu vida?”

¿Paso tiempo en oración cada día pidiéndole a Dios de conocer su voluntad para mí?

¿Estoy haciendo la voluntad de Dios o estoy siguiendo mis propios planes?

He encontrado que seguir la voluntad de Dios es lo que lleva a la verdadera plenitud, paz y alegría. Me he dado cuenta de que el plan de Dios para mí es mucho mejor que el plan que tenía para mí.

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke

 


Responses

  1. Boys-at your ages, this meditation was written for you!! ❤️ Mom

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  2. HUGE THANKS Fr. Burke,

    He…wrote today: Your plans need to meet with God’s will.

    Years back in one of his journals (His self motivation one)…Each day he would start out :
    “I AM GOING TO BE A MAJOR LEAGUER!”
    “I AM GOING TO….
    “I AM GOING T BE…

    Today his beginning starts with:
    “God willing, I am a Major Leaguer”

    I’m blessed but yet still ponder much…

    Were you this head strong?

    Thanks Again,
    Been Blessed,
    Rhonda

  3. I offer my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day to God our Father before I set a foot on the floor. But then I’m up doing the business of the day. Sadly, I don’t feel inspired. I thank God for what He has allowed me to have, I wish to hear His voice in my heart. Pray for me. I pray for all of you.

    • Arlene…
      Will have you in my prayers….Keep your chin up. I have days like that too…Know your not the only one. Sometime I believe we can be too hard on ourselves. That is a big task (being inspired) to fill 24/7. If we were…than there would be no need for God. Sleep in peace.

      Thank You for the prayers too.


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