“I’m going to be late for Mass again,” I grumbled to myself as I pulled out of the drive-way. I just seem to run out of time and end up late for daily Mass. As I hurriedly buzzed down the
road to noon Mass, I started to chastise myself big time. “You are such a knucklehead. Why can’t you discipline yourself to be on time? I am so sorry Jesus. I ask you to forgive me.” On and on I grumbled with negative thoughts about
As I pulled into a parking space, “I said sarcastically: “Better late than never.” Just then I see this pickup hurriedly pull into the space next to me. I
quickly looked over and low and behold, it was our priest in his truck. He got out of his truck, and raced into the Church.
I sat there and I started to laugh. “I’m not late because Mass
can’t begin without the priest.” I started to giggle as I walked into Church and sat down. Jesus has a wonderful sense of humor and I could almost hear Him laugh. Jesus helped me to stop beating myself up and just show up for Mass early or late.
It also helped me to realize that it is important to make every effort to get to Mass on time. I am asking the Holy Spirit to help me. I am setting the alarm on my phone, to alert me that it’s time to leave
for Mass. I will give this a try. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
The other lesson Jesus is trying to teach me, is to be gentle with myself. It does absolutely no good
to beat myself up. The Evil One loves that when we do that to ourselves.
I always want to remember; you and I are daughters and sons of the King. We are each a work in process and will continue to be
until Jesus calls us home.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…… I can do
all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Psalm 41. Philippians 4:13 )