The Lord is near. This is the teaching from St. Paul in today’s second reading. Do we believe it? After all, don’t we often act as though we are the providers of the good things that we have in our lives? Do we live with no anxiety at all, as Paul suggests?
Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
We all know that the answer is that no matter how much we trust in the Lord, we still are susceptible to our own desire to construct our lives as we see fit. That is the human condition. None of us is perfect, and God understands our struggles. Don’t worry about it so much.
He is near.