By Sr. Julia Walsh, F.S.P.A. (Living Faith)
28th Week in Ordinary Time
‘Surrendering to Grace’
Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows… Luke 12:7
A phone call from a dear friend washed me with sorrow. Her doctors had discovered that her body was riddled with tumors. An intense surgery was approaching. I said I would pray for a miracle, that I hoped the surgery would show the tumors had disappeared. She said that she doesn’t believe she is worthy of a miracle. Hearing her say this saddened me more than the news about her health.
I have felt unworthy of God’s mercy and goodness at times in my life too. I don’t love everything about who I am and how I function in the world. I often feel as if I need to do more, to be better, to give more of myself to match the outpouring of God’s grace, to be worthy of being used as an instrument. It seems, though, that the only thing I must do is surrender my false belief that my worth is aligned with my merit and works.
God, open me to the truth of how you value and love me.