St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

17th Sunday, Year B (26 Jul 2015)

Grant that we may use the good things that happen.

Grant that we may use the good things that happen in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure.

How can I use good things that happen wrongly?

When we believe that good things (like a good job, a good hobby, a friend, our family) will be able to satisfy us and to fulfil the deepest longing of our heart.

When we put ourselves in God's place, we decide everything, what is right and wrong, what is going to be enough, we decide that our dreams should happen exactly in the way we imagine them. We build our own realisation.

Of course, we are right to dream, we are right to desire to be happy. But it is God's job to decide how our desires are going to be fulfilled.

How can I use good things that happen properly?

Grant that

we may use the good things that happen

in such a way as to hold fast even now

to those that ever endure.

In every good thing there is something that endures.

In a rose there is something from God's beauty.

A nice gesture from a friend contains, is a sign of God's care upon us.

A job, done at home or in the office, is part of the action of the creator in this world.

Now, the Eucharist shows this to us in an eminent way: the gesture of sharing the bread contains much more: God shares His life with me, giving out His life until death. This brings resurrection to the world.

Now, in the Baptism, through these small signs of oil, water, light, God takes those children to Himself, He incorporates, builds in the life of those children to His own life.

So Lord, let me become aware that no one good thing is able to satisfy me since only you can make me happy. But let me become aware that every good thing is a sign, part, anticipation, a gift coming from You, a token of You.