Friday, May 6, 2011

Grateful Hearts

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

Looking at our blessings really cultivates a heart of gratitude, as we know that the source of every blessing is our Heavenly Father. It seems to me that all things that point to eternity are blessings from God, and it is His joy to care for us, if we but ask Him. I believe that it is the asking that is the key.

Sometimes we even question whether God is listening to our prayers; it may seem as if nothing is happening. Our society of "instant everything" helps to promote a mindset of urgency for just about everything. But what does scripture have to say about this subject? The prophet Habakkuk is where I often turn to remind myself that God is never late:

Then the Lord answered me and said, "Write the vision down and inscribe it on tablets to be easily read. For the vision is for its appointed time, it hastens towards its end and it will not lie; although it takes some time, wait for it, for come it certainly will before too long."

(Hab. 2:2ff)

"Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2) Let us embrace all the wonders in our own lives, and respond by that conversion of life that makes us realize that we are each somehow the "prodigal child" whom God is longing to embrace for all eternity. "Wait for it, for come it certainly will..."

May our hearts grown wide through gratitude, and deepen in us the celebration of our Lord's life, passion, and glorious Resurrection, during this Easter Season and throughout the whole year.

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