Here are links to our readings for the day:
English: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/073020.cfm
Spanish: http://usccb.org/bible/lecturas/073020.cfm

I Earned Them

Listening to the first reading gave me the opportunity to reflect on different moments in my life. I was thinking about the number of times God took this clay that makes me, crushed what He had begun, and began to rebuild, remodeling me again. I think there have been many times that God had to start over with me. I’ve been a challenge.

People occasionally ask, if you had to do it all over again, would you do it the same way? As I recall, I was in college sports, I worked in many different jobs, some in heavy construction. Raised children. I’ve had both knees replaced and one hip replaced. I lifted too many things, and now my back is developing scoliosis. I never slept enough hours. I always kept pushing forward. Would I do it again? Of course!! Thinking anything different would mean that God’s plan for me was wrong. I’m not going to contradict God.

Wisdom is being able to look back and see God’s hand forming you as you grew through the years of life. Many of the situations I got into helped me prepare for my life now and how I serve God today. Those life experiences, some good, some not so good, make me who I am today. God planned for me to be the way I am today long before I was born. So, even through the most difficult times or challenges, know that God’s hand is there shaping and molding you.

By the way, those metal knees and hips, I plan to take them with me when I go. I paid for them.

May the Lord bless you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Fr Ed Anderson Email: fatheredanderson[at]gmail.com Phone: 715.817.3736 St. Joseph Church – Rice Lake Holy Trinity – Haugen St. John the Evangelist – Birchwood Our Lady of Lourdes – Dobie