July 11

Everyday God

Tuesday, July 11 9 St. Benedict Then will you understand the fear of the LORD; the knowledge of God you will find. Proverbs 2:5

Unless Benedictines staff your parish or school, you might not know much about St. Benedict. I discovered him relatively late in life myself, during a time when my husband and I attended Mass in shifts because the children were always sick. Our own small parish had only one Sunday Mass, towards noon; being the morning person in our family, I mostly went to an early Mass downtown. The celebrant was usually a Benedictine monk, and he never, ever let you forget it. After the umpteenth story about Benedictine life-all of which made me want to sign up immediately if not sooner-I started reading up on St. Benedict. His message, first expressed 1,500 years ago, is that God is present in what's happening in your life today. The idea is not to "get past" the mess in front of you so you can withdraw someplace to find God. The trick is to see God right there in the middle of the mess, the sleep-deprivation, the virus du jour, the colic. Sometimes it works. Mostly, it's the effort that counts.

Anne Bingham

Proverbs 2:1-9 * Psalm 115:3-10 Matthew 9:32-38