First Reading: Acts 28:16-20. 30-31; Psalm: 11. R. v. 7a; Gospel: Jn 21:20-25
THE SERENITY OF ACCEPTING GOD’S PLAN
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
In the gospel of yesterday, Jesus indicated the kind of death Peter would suffer. This got Peter a bit anxious that he became inquisitive as to how the other ten disciples would die also. When he turned, his eyes caught that disciple Jesus loved and Peter began to wonder if this disciple would die at all and how he was going to die. To douse his curiosity Peter asked, “What about him Lord?” Jesus answered him “If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? Follow me!” Obviously this wasn’t the answer Peter expected.
From Peter’s inquisitiveness, we see how we can sometimes be stuck in other people’s affairs that we fail to face our own life. At times, we tend to measure our successes and achievements by comparison and get discouraged and sad because we feel we are not meeting up with the progress or successes of others. We forget that the part to our destinies is not similar. The timing of our destinies and how they would happen shouldn’t bother us much. All we need to do is to trust in God and follow him just as Jesus told Peter.
It is said that ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.’ But this is a mirage. We cannot make any headway by remaining stuck in thinking of other people’s affairs. What would be, would be. If God is in charge of our life, we need not to worry at all about what becomes of us or of others. Most burdens we carry today are self-imposed because we busy ourselves trying to be like others and worrying over nothing. We spend time worrying about what we cannot change and living a life we are not meant to live. If we want to have our peace, we should avoid poke nosing. Sometimes the things we try to find out about others can steal our peace.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, give us the serenity to accept your plans for us. Amen.