Skip to comments.Overcoming Timidity
Posted on 09/09/2013 12:32:10 AM PDT by matthewrobertolson
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27
Yesterdays readings point toward the importance of overcoming timidity in our faithful lives. We must not be afraid to suffer for, work for, and trust in God.
In the Gospel reading (Luke 14:25-33), we see that a Christian life demands the abandonment of earthly attachments. We must be willing to sacrifice all [our] own possessions.
In the Old Testament reading (Wisdom 9:13-18), we find a portion of Solomons prayer for wisdom. In this prayer, he pleads for God to send him wisdom through the Holy Spirit, and he emphasizes that we know little without It. This demonstrates a bold trust in the Lord, and it reminds me of Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
And in the responsorial psalm (Psalm 90), we proclaim that God is our dwelling place in all generations and we make another plea for wisdom. Recognizing that God desires us to take up our own cross and that nothing is good without Him, we also beg that God will show favor to us and confirm for us the work of our hands.
It is worth noting that yesterday also commemorated the birth of the Virgin Mary.
Mary, the Theotokos (Mother of God), was anything but timid. She believed in God, and humbly accepted Him-incarnate into her womb, saying to the angel Gabriel, may it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38). Not only that, but she raised God through His earthly childhood. And even though she was certainly stressed over this at times (Luke 2:41-51), she devoutly carried her heavy cross throughout her life, always trusting Him.
We must, like the Virgin Mary did, prove [ourselves] doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude [ourselves] (James 1:22), but to do this, we will have to overcome our instinctive timidity.
(All verses are from the NASB translation, unless otherwise noted.)
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You started walking with Christ and end walking with Mary. That should tell you something.
Mary walks with Jesus. If you walk with Jesus and Mary, you’re still walking with Jesus.
Mary gave up everything to follow God’s Will.
How much more of a disciple can one be? Her words, “Let it be done to me according to Your Will,” and “Do what He tells you,” point to God and God alone.
I’m grateful to God that he gave us such a wonderful Mother, disciple and example.
No poor words of mine will ever convince. However, I pray that the Grace of God will allow you to see Mary in what she has done, is doing, and will do as the very first disciple of Christ.
May the peace of the Lord be with you.
Great post indeed. God bless you always. :)
“they saw no one but Jesus only.”
Matthew 17:3 “Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”
It all depends on your perspective.