Entrusting Others to God: Weekly message for 07-09-2024

All things serve the Lord (Psalm 119:91)

I am always at work, and my Father is always at work (John 5:17)

Hello Everyone,

Unsurprisingly, C.S. Lewis puts it best. In The Horse and His Boy, Aslan reveals some of the actions he has performed for Shasta’s benefit. The boy Shasta presses Aslan, particularly eager it would seem, for more information about his friend Aravis. And Aslan replies: “Child, I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own.”

This is, perhaps, an echo of Jesus’ words to St Peter in John chapter 21. Jesus and Peter concluded their conversation in which Jesus asks Peter if he loves him, and reaffirms Peter’s mission as pope. Peter then sees John and asks Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus replies, “If it is my will that he remain until I return, what is that to you? Follow me.” In other words, “I tell no one any story but his own.”

Herein nests a call from God: to entrust others to him, and to trust that our following the Lord will bring grace to others. There are as many stories as there are people, and yet the master author is writing them all. The Lord is always at work; he is endlessly creative; and his pen never runs dry.

God bless you,

Fr. John Pietropaoli

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