the 4 sides of Christian discipleship

“If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?” (Gospel reading: Matthew 5:20-26)

Today’s Gospel contains one of the most consoling verses in all of Scripture. Our Heavenly Father is always working on His end. He is always providing us with all that we need.

Sometimes we think that our Father does not answer our prayers simply because He is not answering our prayers the way that we want. But we must remember that He always answers our prayers; we simply do not understand how. For our thoughts and our ways are not His thoughts and His ways; we only possess human understanding (Isaiah 55:8).

Only His love, unlike any earthly fathers’ love, is perfect. We can trust Him with everything in our life and with our life itself. Perfect Love is always working on His end for us.

And what does perfect love look like? Christ Himself is Perfect Love. If we look to the mysteries of the Rosary then, we see that  “perfect love” can be joyful, but it can also be sorrowful. It can be luminous, and it can be glorious.

To be true disciples of Christ, we must embrace all sides of the life Christ lived in our own lives. Some days will feel joyful, some sorrowful, some luminous, some glorious. Praying for His Will is enough. And though we may not understand His will in our lives while we are still on earth, one day in Heaven we will be enlightened about how only His Will, not ours, brought us to abide with Him for all eternity!

May we always remember that God is always working on His end to bring us to eternal happiness.

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