CAMPUS PADRE Offers food for thought
Readings: Exodus 17:8-13, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 and Luke 18:1-8
One example of this is the way in which the ‘gospel of the world’ can ware us down, and make us weary, and so because we live in this secular culture, a distorted view of God and Jesus can seep into our minds without our realizing it, subtly affecting every aspect of our lives. How do we protect against this happening?
We were never made to live as disciples and to grow in faith, ALONE. This is a FAITH OF COMMUNION. We are members of the ‘One Body’ and together we rise and fall. We must reach out for help, persistently seek others who will hold us up and make us steady during those times when the tasks get difficult.
We are strengthened through PRAYER AND THE WORD OF GOD.
If we always pray alone it can get hard, and dry. But we are not meant to pray alone all the time. Spouses need to pray together. Families need to pray together. Communities need to pray together. In coming together to pray, we are responding the the stirring of the Spirit of God and we are stronger together. When we are stronger in this way, we are also stronger when we are alone. We will be more able to pray without ceasing in our daily lives. We will be able to more readily refuse to fall to temptation, and we will more quickly reach out when we are in spiritual need. This also leads to a much more acute awareness of God’s presence, and helps us to avoid giving up. In this communion we will hear more often how God is answering our prayers and we will grow in trust in God that God is for sure hearing all of my prayers and will also answer me.
Breaking open the Word of God is an encounter with Christ who is the Logos, the ‘Word made Flesh’. In these Scriptures, God speaks to us as a community and as individual children of God. God wants us to be wise through "training in righteousness," as part of how we will be equipped for every good work." God expects that as we break open, meditate upon, pray with, and learn from these Scriptures, we are made more powerful, able to act in ways that lead others to experience conversion and transformation, which is the way in which the world is changed.
God wants us to discover ourselves in Christ through the living Word that is Christ. God will speak and God will call.
That's the power that God wants to unleash in each one of our lives, the supernatural power of his inspired Word.
A special word to Parents: St. Paul specifically says, ‘Timothy, follow (persist, continue, abide) in the things that you have learned.’ He isn’t referencing himself here. Paul is speaking about a much more primary and formative time in Timothies life. If you remember the beginning of the letter to Timothy, Paul was thanking God for Timothy and recalling Timothies grandmother and mother, in light of the faith they passed on to him. Imagine for a moment, Timothy becoming familiar with the Word of God as his mother and grandmother spoke to him, sang the psalms and shared the accounts of the many times God had saved their people. Imagine how he might have breathed in, all around him, the practices the smells the sounds the trials the suffering the joys and the ecstasies experienced in his family and their house of faith, their home. In those years Timothy became convinced of the truth of God and immersed himself in those truths. Those same truths, discovered most profoundly in God’s Word, brought to life and fruitful meaning through his family, these give him the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Parents have been called by God to be like Timothy’s mother and grandmother, and to echo the words of Jesus to the two men on the road to Emmaus… that, the entirety of the jewish scriptures is about Christ, points to the Messiah and reveals Him to us. Believing in God’s Word, parents are called to ‘continue in the book’, to live lives rooted in the Word of God and to immerse your children in it so that they too will come to know, love and serve the Lord with all their heart and all their mind.
This is the most intimate and beautiful example of the communion we are born for and called to live. Families that share faith and love, who stand with and for each other in order to first and foremost grow in relationship with God, in covenant with each other and in Christ. There is no more tender example of this, and this is the primary example in this world of the communion shared between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Peace doesn't just happen; it's made.
CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.