“When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.” Whether you are sitting at lunch at your office or in the cafeteria at school or just hanging out with family and friends, when the tune and familiar words of “Happy Birthday” are initiated, no one has to lead you into a make-shift rehearsal to know how to respond and join in the chorus. Why? Because you are so familiar with the words and the events surrounding the cake and candle carousal that you just jump right in, and rightly so. This aptly reveals the sense of deep and almost automatic confidence which the Lord Jesus is referring to when He instructs all of us on how to live our lives and be poised to face any and all challenges to our journey back to heaven to the Father. It is the most refreshing and rewarding invitation to walk with Jesus throughout the day so as to literally continue an interior conversation with Him interspersed with those around us, pleasant and not so pleasant.
“I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you a great nation.” Our First Readings lathers the icing on the cake for us by instructing us why we can and should have such a close and endearing relationship with God as Jesus so wonderfully and passionately implores us to develop. God loves us like the best father in the universe and promises to make us great. Remember this when something petty, mundane and even monumental tries to steal your peace. You’ll be glad you did.
If we do not fill our mind with prayer, it will fill itself with anxieties, worries, temptations, resentments, and unwelcome memories. Scott Hahn