5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Broken Hearted

How often do our lives seem like that of Job in today’s first reading? We all know the experience of that night dragging on and experiencing that “restlessness until the dawn,” while trying to cope with a death of a loved one, an illness in the family or any other of countless situations that we find ourselves in. In these times of hardship and pain we very frequently turn our minds to God in prayer and petition as well we should. Many that I have talked to say that it was just in those moments of despair that they had a conversion experience or profound encounter with God. It may be that when we are hurting the most we tend to turn to that power which we believe to be the only hope for us to move on in our lives and the response and consolation from God is there. It says in today’s psalm, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,” and how we need our emotional and spiritual wounds tended to. There is a story of a woman who experienced this type of encounter with God at one of the lowest points in her life when she experienced several tragedies in a short period of time. Her life was turned around in her spiritual life and she became closer to God than she ever had been in her life. She asked her priest how this could happen during such a time even when she was not seeking anything from God. The priest simply responded, “Sometimes our hardened hearts have to be broken to allow God to enter.”

Your servant in Christ
Deacon Bill

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