Ever worry about something? Seems like there’s an awful lot to worry about these days: pandemics, elections, racism, wildfires, church conferences, even just figuring out what to make for dinner. There is so much to worry about, and all we can do is to do what we can do. So much in life is out of our control.
Jesus doesn’t hide from hurting people. Jesus weeps with hurting people. He walks alongside us and weeps with us and encourages us and promises to always be with us. He loves us and won’t stop loving us even when our nails pierce his body and our angry words pierce his heart.
‘Do not remember the things of old,’ the Prophet says. I’m actually pretty good at that one; I have a hard time remembering what happened yesterday, let alone the things of old. Something comes in one ear and, unless I write it down, out the other. Anybody have that trouble?
But we are disciples, and so we commit ourselves to learning together. We are on a lifelong journey of seeking truth together, and we are blessed in that journey. Reading and learning, both individually and together, are spiritual disciplines that help us grow deeper roots of faith and a clearer understanding of God’s will and purpose for our lives and for the Church.