On Monday, Father Tran provided a wonderful homily at the Regina Caeli Academy's opening day mass. One very important thought Father wanted us to take home is a key step all of us need to take when building a relationship with Christ and the body of Christ. It focused on reorienting our discussion reference points while talking with God.
Most of us, myself as a sinner included, begin our discussions with God saying, "I am in need...I wish...I.....I....I...I" Father challenged us to recognize this type of thought and language implies the little partner in the relationship, or the child, is telling God to look at the world through our eyes. When you ponder the statement, you quickly realize the insanity of our normal position. We mortals, of limited senses and knowledge, tell the almighty and all knowing to work towards our designs.
After thinking through this situation for but a minute or two, most rational people will recognize we should really be walking a mile in God's shoes before we talk to the Almighty. Rather than asking the Lord to make straight the crooked path ahead to ease our burden, maybe we need to ask the Lord for strength to correct the mistakes we made while making the crooked path ahead the day before!
When we shift the thought process from our perspective to God's perspective, we can more readily accept the wisdom of God. This will mean more time walking with him, and less time arguing with our own selfishness. Just maybe that will lead us better on the path of salvation. The very path he called us to from the moment he formed us in our mother's womb..