Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, Ps. 144:1-4, Luke 9:18-22
"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Life happens in stages. There is a time and a season for everything that happens. There is morning time and then evening time, so also there is mourning time and rejoicing time. A time to plant in tears, but definitely a time to harvest with joy. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH IN LIFE TODAY, JUST KNOW THAT IT WILL NOT LAST FOREVER. If it begins to rain today, it will not rain continuously for the next hundred days, the rain would stop and something else would take over.
There is a saying I love so much: When you are climbing a ladder, remember those you met along the way because you might need them while coming down. The strongest and fastest men and women of today will become tomorrow’s elders unable to lift things or move swiftly. The tide will change. It is not always going to be your turn forever. Life is in stages and seasons! Be Humble.
Jesus tells his disciples today that he would be handed over to the elders and the chief priests, that he would suffer many things, be rejected, and be killed. He was preparing their minds for a hard season of life. But at the same time, he knew that the better days would come later.
Jesus is not afraid to approach the cross because of his absolute confidence in the resurrection. This is the same confidence we should have when we go through tough times. Whatever it is I am suffering today, one day will come that I would get down on my knees and say: “God, I thank you for allowing me to suffer those years.”
Let us pray: Almighty ever-living Father, give me the grace to understand the rhythm of life so that I may not be carried away by pride or crushed down by depression. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saint Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Bible Study: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, Ps. 144:1-4, Luke 9:18-22).
© Rev. Fr. Evaristus Abu