Three Ds for Your Life
Three Ds of Your Life
Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother's womb he gave me my name. (Isaiah 49:1)
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, a solemnity that dates back to the fourth century. Believe it or not, we are only 6 months away from Christmas. John was called, even before his birth, to prepare the way for Jesus, as a voice crying out in the wilderness. It was he who pointed out that Jesus was the Lamb of God. John made it clear that he was not the Messiah. In his humility, he saw himself as unworthy to even untie the sandal straps of Jesus. John the Baptist was the one who baptized Jesus, a pivotal event that clearly revealed Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. Finally, consistent with his life dedicated to testifying to the truth, John was martyred for his faith. He was killed for speaking out against the sins of King Herod. God calls each of us to play a unique role in his unfolding plan of salvation as well. The challenge is to pray and listen attentively so we may discern what God's will for our lives is. Then we are to be ready and willing to respond to His call.
What God’s will for your life?
Discerning God’s Will requires the three Ds: Desire, Data and, Discernment.
1) Desire: Emotional awareness. Are you excited or afraid? Learn to be honest with yourself.
2) Data: Gather information on what the options are, where they are coming from, and what they would mean for your life.
3) Discernment: Choose the option that increases faith, hope and love in your life.
Lord, if what I seek be according to our will, then let it come to pass and let success attend the outcome. But if not, my God, let it not come to pass. Do not leave me to my own devices, for you know how unwise I can be. Keep me safe under your protection Lord my God, and in your own gentle way guide me and rule me as you know best.Amen
(Prayer for Resignation to God's Will, Catholic Online Prayer)
O Blessed Mother Mary, most obedient, help us listen to the voice of your Son. Hail Mary full of grace…
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Fr. Vincent Nguyen
on Monday, June 24 at 6:47AM