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Let God be in Control


Do you ever have those days where you pray in the morning and surrender yourself to God's plan for your day, for your life? What is the comparison with the days where you try to control your life without letting God help? I know for myself, it's not always easy to see those days until after they happen. I had one this week, looking all over to find a car and hoping everything would work out. I prayed that God would take over the task and help me. That day, I found a great car, good price and everything worked out smoothly for getting it. We all need days where everything works out. If we ask God to take control, the sky is the limit, it will all work out.

Today's Gospel states:'Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"' (Matthew 16:13-19).

Peter responds correctly to Jesus' question, 'who do you say that I am?' In this Gospel, we not only learn to respond to God's call from the example Peter sets, but we too ask ourselves the question of who we believe Jesus is? What is the point to living a good Catholic life and attending mass weekly? Think about the love Jesus had for us, to sacrifice himself on the cross, so that we could be brought to life. This is the point, that we be loved and love like Jesus, and open our lives up completely to God's will for us, to live in a life of faith and love. Try to ask God today to take control of your day, and accept His love and guidance.

Today's prayer comes from 'the Guided Life' a prayer for letting go:

Dear God,

In this moment, I let go of all thoughts and concerns.

When I let go, I am able to receive.

When my hands are formed into tight fists, I cannot open my hands to receive anything.

When I hang onto tight control,

When I close off my heart and my spirit,

I cannot receive your blessings for me.

I let go to receive your blessings.

Letting go in this moment, I receive your loving presence around me and within me.

Help me to let go when I am feeling overwhelmed, so that I may receive your peace.

Help me to let go when I feel fear so that in fear’s place I may receive love and courage.

I let go of problems and challenges in order to receive your guidance and clarity.

I let go and trust you.

I will not fall.

You will catch me.

I let go and trust in the still, small voice inside of me.

Help me not to struggle but to surrender my struggle to you.

I gladly receive this gift of letting go and letting you lead me and guide me.

Amen


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