Nov 28 2020 Reflection
Saturday 28 November 2020
First Reading: RV 22:1-7
Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
PS 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7AB
Gospel Reading: LK 21:34-36
Today’s Note: Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Beware . . . the anxieties of daily life. (Luke 21:34)
Stop, drop, and roll. For years, children were taught these three words to help them remember what to do in the event of a fire. They stop running in fear, drop to the floor, and roll to put out whatever fire may have jumped to their clothing.
St. Padre Pio had a famous piece of advice that is just as simple to remember for when we are feeling burned by anxious thoughts: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” This little phrase is so simple and effective that we can even equate it to “Stop, drop, and roll” as a way to help us avoid the trap of anxiety.
Stop and Pray. If anxious thoughts begin to well up, stop as soon as you notice them and turn to God in prayer. Remind yourself that God is with you and that he will help you release your burdens and concerns into his hands.He will even help you seek professional care if your anxieties become disabling.
Drop in Hope. Once you have stopped to pray, drop to your knees—either literally or figuratively—and intentionally hand over your anxieties to the Lord. If it helps, raise your hands to him and open them wide; imagine yourself dropping your worries at his feet and receiving his grace in return. Tell him, “Lord, all my hope is in you. Please come and help me.”
Roll and Don’t Worry. Don’t let your concerns paralyze you. Instead, try to roll with whatever comes your way. Of course, it’s easy to say, “Just don’t worry,” but it’s hard to do it. That’s why we have the gift of faith. Exercise your faith in God’s love and provision by trying your best to keep moving forward with your day. Often, one or two steps may be all you need to break through.
Jesus cautions us to “beware” that we do not slip into worry (Luke 21:34). So try to be more aware of your thoughts today. Be ready to stop, drop, and roll whenever you need to.
“Lord, teach me how to pray, hope, and not worry.”