The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Tuesday, Week XXX, Year I, 29 October 2019
Romans 8:18-25 ><)))*> ><)))*> ><)))*> Luke 13:18-21
But hope, says God, that is something that surprises me…
And my grace must indeed be an incredible force.Charles Peguy, “The Portal of the Mystery of Hope”
Whenever I come across the word “hope”, O Lord, I always remember this lovely poem by your faithful writer Charles Peguy (1873-1914) of France.
And I agree with Peguy, hope is your favorite virtue because it always surprises you and everybody else!
Again Jesus said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like the yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough is leavened.”Luke 13:20-21
Hope surprises us, Lord, because it is often so small, almost negligible for some.
And that is how you work, how your wonders perform, Lord.
Hope is not positive thinking because hope is still believing in you even if things do not get any better at all. In fact, things can get worst and that is when hope surprises us!
St. Paul said it so well.
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.Romans 8:24-25
In positive thinking, we hold on to at least something tangible, something we can see and feel clearly like the weather or the stock market.
But in hope, we only have you, Lord, whom we cannot see but can simply feel, believe and rely on that we hope would always remain and be still with us til the end.
In this world when size always matters, when everything has to be bigger and biggest, what remains true is the fact that no matter how big or great is anything, it surely came from a minute, little something.
Like the yeast that has become a wonderful bread or any baker’s creation.
Nobody had seen how it would turn out except that hope in one’s heart and mind that teases us with something big and wonderful and surprising.
Please surprise us today, Lord and let us live differently in you! Amen.