Today's first reading from Sirach 2 is one of the most powerful and hopeful readings in all of Scripture. We would all do well to read it again and again, and put its principles into action.
Near the end of the reading there is a series of questions. "Has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his commandments and been forsaken? Has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed?"
Has God ever disappointed you? I suspect we've all been disappointed at times. But this is a very human way of looking at things. We're disappointed because things didn't go the way we thought they should have gone. We fail to understand that God had a different plan, one that would ultimately lead to what is best for us. Go over this first reading a couple of times and things should become clearer.
Father, help us to put all our trust in you, for when we do, we shall never be disappointed. Amen.
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