November 24, 2019 – Pastor’s Keyboard

Pastor’s Keyboard: I received this testimony in my email and thought I would share this with you.   Your Father and Brother in Christ, Fr. Scott

Unconditional Yes

     Yes…this is the only word my wife has been able to utter in prayer over the past few weeks while we have attended to our chronically ill child. Dominic’s baseline has degraded to the point that he was not tolerating food and his stomach, large intestines and colon are scarcely working. Chasity shared what her prayer life has been like with me today as we talked about the day’s events. Dominic underwent yet another surgery to try and relieve some of his suffering and increase function in a body that has been scourged with the marks of disfunction since birth.

Yes…what a beautiful prayer from a mother whose heart is wounded and tired. It immediately reminded me of Our Blessed Mother’s Fiat in which she said Yes to God’s call for her to intimately participate in His rescue mission. “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your Word” (Luke 1:38).

God gives us all a mission to carry on His rescue plan and he is looking for us to be participants if we should only say…Yes. The plan necessarily will look differently then what we have mapped out in our minds. It is filled with mystery and unknowns.  It is likely that we won’t feel like saying yes or think that it is possible for us to endure what he is asking of us and it will necessarily cost us, but our “yes” also comes with an assurance from God.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you

and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart;

and you will find rest for yourselves” (Mat 11:28-30)

Think of the questions and concerns that must have poured over Our Blessed Mother after she responded to God’s call, but she exemplifies a life of yes to God even when the cost was her own son. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God is our exemplar in times of distress and weariness because she shows us to rely on Him through a simple yet profound response…Yes.

“Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole,

and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa 53:5)



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