Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church

2 SM 6:12B-15, 17-19, MK 3:31-35

If a swimmer knew that the lifeguard was watching, the swimmer would feel safe. And if the bank clerk knew that the guards had an eye on every customer and TV cameras at every angle, the clerk would not be fearful of robbery.

It is when we are walking down a darkened street at night in an unfamiliar neighborhood and when we see suspicious characters on the street that we begin to have some fear.

If we could always remember who God is, we would not become anxious about any situation. If we could remember how God loves us, we would have no fear. Perhaps it is for this reason that Jesus has to bring us to his own sacrifice over and over again, so that what we do in memory of him might have the kind of impact on our life that it should. It should stir us to even greater trust. 

Fr. Gary Lauenstein, C.Ss.R.


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