There are no coincidences.
My mom and I began the morning with mass at St. Joseph’s on W. Sahara. It’s a Sunday morning ritual we have grown to enjoy together. We were welcomed by a new priest, Father Adam- a 30 year old native of Poland whose family immigrated to America and found their home in Chicago. I felt as though the Lord was speaking through Adam today in a voice so loud and clear it made my hair stand up on my arms. Todays 3 readings, which I will share were all about “being sent out” and heeding the calling in our lives. These callings don’t begin and end with us, they begin and end with God. He’s the creator of all things good, and creates us with distinct holes in our hearts that only He can help fill according to His purpose for our lives. I praise God that he gave me a hole in my heart that is shaped like Uganda, the pearl of Africa.
Amos 7: 12-16
Ephesians 1:3-14 asks the questions, “Do I know who I am ? Do I know how deeply loved I am? Do I understand that I am created ON purpose and FOR a purpose? Do I fully accept that I have been promised the covering of the Holy Spirit- to guide and protect me?” I marveled at this great mystery of faith today, and connected the dots from all readings to my journey ahead of me. The powerful, bold, and slightly accented voice of Father Adam spoke to me today and to the congregation as he repeated with great certainty, “Do you know there are NO coincidences in life? Do you know you are here today listening to this message because you are supposed to be here?”
One of my favorite scriptures is Ephesians 6 and the “Armor of God”… we are reminded to “put on” the armor daily, and to STAND firm, stand against, and stand our ground… and this, I decided, was to be the theme of this journey…. to STAND in love. I am so excited to see you join with me. It gives me great strength, and encouragement, and for that I am so grateful.
Good night and God Bless you.