Rest in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Life and the world don’t get any better just because we call ourselves Christian! We still have to experience strife, challenge and stress in this world. There are many obstacles both within and outside of our control that will exhaust us. We must keep ourselves pure from the world’s pressure, anxiety and negative influences. We will be under the world’s attack, as Christ reminded us, “If they persecute me, they will certainly do the same to you!”  The devils, evil and bad stuff of the world will certainly attack us because they don’t want us to succeed in knowledge and love of God.  He is their enemy, and we are too.

St Paul reminds to us to guard against anxiety.  In summary, he tells us to not worry about things; instead, pray always. We have a huge and powerful God.  Tell Him your needs today and also thank Him for the work He is doing in you.  He has begun a good work in you that He will continue until the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The result?  God’s peace.  The peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ.  And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost abide with you and remain with you always!  Amen.   These are the last words of Mass, the Blessing.

The word  “keep” is a term that most soldiers would know. A guard or sentry, i.e. God, walks about around you to “keep” you because you have called on Him and He is faithful. The “catch” is that we must turn over all our fears, anxieties, troubles, hurts and pains over to Him and be thankful in all things.  Having an “attitude of great gratitude”, we will we will experience inner peace that exceeds our understanding, as we live our life both in this world (physically) and in His Kingdom (both physically and Spiritually).  This is a great mystery, how we can live in two realities, one of which the world knows not!

The knowledge and love of God in the center of what we are to be about!  Study and pray always for both.  Then “Don’t worry, be contented!”  Have you tried this?  Was He faithful unto you?

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3 Responses to Rest in Christ Jesus our Lord!

  1. Susan says:

    When I hear that God “keeps” us, I feel a huge relief as tension drains away. I want to keep that! Sometimes I get this image: Just pick up your feet and let yourself ride on God’s current. But it’s really hard. So much life experience is about learning to take care of ourselves (from the “School of Hard Knocks”). I know He doesn’t want us to do nothing – it’s about always listening for His guidance and trusting it.

  2. derek says:

    fr. jim,

    great post, it honestly brought a tear to my eye. we met in seminary along time ago, i would love to catch up! sowoundup@gmail.com

    in xc, derek

  3. Fr. Jim says:

    Derek, So good to hear from you. I certainly remember you and wondered where you are and what you are doing. As you can tell, I am a priest now and I am vicar to St Mark’s Church in Larkspur. That is in the North Bay Area. From Berkeley, go across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, then south on Hwy 101 to Larkspur. Are you still doing school and working? How’s your family? I remember meeting them when they came out to visit. I have not done the ghost thing in a while, though I still remember the scare I gave you. Check back and write more. If you get out here, let me know, I would live to catch up with you. Any thoughts about getting back to seminary?

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