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.