2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23
4th Sunday of Lent
We are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared. (Ephesians 2:10)
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your own personal tailor who could create a whole wardrobe for you? There would be the right outfit for everything you need or want to do. Each one would look so good that you would feel great wearing it. You could just imagine yourself walking down the street with an air of confidence and self-assurance: you know you look good!
Well, according to St. Paul, God has fashioned not our outer appearance but our inner lives. And the clothing he provides for this tailored interior is a unique set of “good works” that are perfectly suited to the gifts and talents, the insights and personalities he has given us.
So open up your spiritual closet, and try on what’s there. You’ll probably feel very comfortable stepping into some of those good works that seem to match your preparation and talent. Others, however, may feel like a stretch. You may be tempted to think someone else could perform them better. But as you step into them, you’ll discover abilities you never knew you had—just as a woman discovers that an A-line dress really does look good on her!
For example, perhaps you’ve always hoped the garment of parenthood was in your closet. But when the time comes, you discover that the good work God has designed for you is foster parenting—welcoming unwanted children into your home for a short time until they can find their forever homes. Or maybe you envisioned yourself as a catechist in your parish, but God offers you a different garment: a home-based ministry where you can spend your time caring for an ailing elderly parent.
Be of good cheer! Your Creator and Designer will patiently work with you until there’s a perfect fit between you and the garment of service he lays on your shoulders.
“Creator Lord, thank you that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Give me the courage to grow into your good plan.”~WAU