Sunday, June 12, 2005

Monday, June 13

The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime (pp. 74-75)

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"Wait upon the Lord and keep his way; he will raise you up to possess the land." The vocation of each of us is to worship the Lord, but some bless the Lord while the fool says in his heart that there is no God. When the presence and power of God seem so far away and so hard to see, we are still to wait upon the Lord. Soon God will come.

This is the faith that Jesus teaches under the image of a mustard seed -- the faith that the little is the large. Bob Muzikowski, a business man in the inner city of Chicago, saw his neighborhood as a place where, if he could plant his mustard seed of loving his neighborhood by offering to administrate a baseball program, a big work could flourish. And it did. Though Bob spent plenty of time worrying and working and pushing and asking, eventually sign-up day came. The line was at first little more than a few stragglers, but before the day was done -- a full league and coaches. The league flowered, Bob ministered grace to hundreds of kids and families, and soon another league -- and then one off in New York, too.

Bob learned what the Psalmist learned: Wait upon the Lord. The little is large.