Once on the farm when we were night hunting, our lantern ran out of kerosene. It was a very dark night in the woods. We knew where we were, but we couldn't see the path to lead us home, so we simply turned around and gingerly took steps until we got to a gravel road that led us home.
Sometimes in life when we don't pray, or even when we do pray but don't listen to the Lord, we lose our way. Our first reaction is to blame God for not caring for us.
What we now see, we will not always see. What we now possess, we will not always possess. All of these things will be passed on to others, because the Father is calling us away from these things unto Himself.
Therefore Isaiah tells us, "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is near." We didn't come into this world because we planned to. The Father has called us into this world to reveal His glory in the created universe, as well as to reveal the new life of grace He shares with us through His Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
There is a story about a conversation of the pig and the chicken living on the family farm. They were discussing what kind of Sunday morning breakfast they might offer their host family. The chicken suggested a breakfast of ham and eggs. The pig was quick to reply: "Yes, for you that is charity; for me, it is commitment."
If the readings for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are about anything, they are about the Son of God's commitment to make our life better, no matter what the personal cost.
In the readings for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, God is speaking directly to your heart and mine when He tells us: "You son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel." In this context, the term "son of man" refers to every son and daughter of Adam and Eve. God is appointing you and me to be recruiters for His kingdom.
All three readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time address the yet-to-be-redeemed within each of us that is crying out for freedom. This cry for freedom within is also a cry for help from God. The suffering this entails is filled with the presence of God at work in our hearts.
The readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time clearly illustrate the power of God establishing His leadership in whomever He chooses, including weak human beings such as you and me. In the first reading, we don’t know why God transfers authority from Shebna, master of the palace, to Eliakim. Perhaps it was for mismanagement. Might this hint of the future transfer of power from the self-appointed scribes and Pharisees to the Apostles? Might this also help us understand the fierce hatred the scribes and Pharisees had for Jesus in a later age?