Monday of the Fourth Week

Readings

Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a
Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
Lk 1:5-25

Reflection

Trust. Seems like such such a simple concept, doesn't it? We are so often told, “have trust in God’s plan.” But for most, that is easier said than done. It takes courage and vulnerability. Today’s readings teach us that when we place our trust in God, He will show us so much goodness- even when we least expect it.
In today’s Gospel, God proves this to be true. Zechariah and Elizabeth, capable and deserving parents, felt hopeless. Due to physical challenges, they were unable to bear children. They questioned God’s plan. Why them? When they least expected it, an angel of God approached Zechariah, “your prayer has been heard.”
God has an intentional plan for each and every one of us. A plan that allows us to fulfill our potential. A plan that allows us to use the unique gifts that He so graciously gave us. His plan for Zechariah and Elizabeth included being loving parents to a baby boy.
As I approach my senior year it is so easy to experience anxiety about post-graduation plans. I don’t even know what I want to be when I grow up… but that’s why God's plan is so special. I know my future holds so much goodness. Whether I end up doing a year of service, going to graduate school, or landing a job right out of college, I know I will be where I need to be, because it will be where God believes I should be. Even when your future seems to be going down a different path than you had hoped, for example: when Zechariah and Elizabeth thought they would never be parents, God surprises you.
As Gabriel the angel reassured Zechariah, “you will have joy and gladness.” God has an intentional plan for each and everyone… the best is yet to come.

-Erin Gosen '18